According to psychologist Stephanie Jones and her research team
at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Social Emotional
Learning (SEL) equips students with developmentally appropriate
fundamental cognitive regulation, emotional, and interpersonal
skills. These skills enhance learning, encourage self awareness,
and strengthen relationships, leading to success in school, in
the community, and in life.
In grades 6-8 SEL classes are integrated into the physical
education program, joining SEL instruction with the
cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills development, in
order to address the health and wellness of the whole child.
Developmentally relevant sample lessons and practice include
conflict resolution, self-awareness, empathy, problem solving,
inclusivity, assertiveness, cooperation, self-advocacy, mindful
practice, and relaxation techniques.
Middle School Advisory provides students with a faculty mentor
and contact person who serves as the primary liaison between
school and home. Students meet with faculty advisors
regularly during a scheduled period. This acts as a study
period under the guidance of a teacher. It is also a time to
build friendships and group spirit, to discuss important
topics and timely issues, to build community responsibility
in the Middle School, and to participate in community
service. Each Friday, the entire Middle School gathers for
a meeting led by Student Council members.