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    Cole and Vinal Elementary Schools Social Health Programming

    The Cole and Vinal Schools offer comprehensive guidance and support programming which includes numerous social and emotional programs, curriculum and services. The implementation of lessons, assemblies, facilitated discussions, small group instruction, and programs are collectively known as our "Social Health Curriculum." Themes such as bullying, social skills, health and wellness, internet safety, stress management, friendship building and empathy are presented each year at the developmentally appropriate grade level.

     

    Counselors at the elementary school also oversee the Norwell Tiered Systems of Support (NTSS) Socia/l­Emotional Teacher Screening to identify students who may benefit from additional support structures and learning opportunities. This screening is done for all students each November. Counseling staff and administrators review the results of the teacher screening and communicate with parents of students who have been identified by teachers. Students are invited to participate in six to eight week groups which focus on a variety of topics including anxiety, whole body listening, conflict resolution, stress management, friendship building, assertiveness, and self­ regulation.

     

    PROGRAMMATIC OVERVIEW

    The Cole and Vinal Schools offer a variety of school wide programs which are aimed at addressing developmentally appropriate social and emotional skill development. The Great Body Shop, Second Step, Coping Cat, and Calm Classroom are schoolwide curriculum resources that are spiraling in nature, ­meaning, each grade level builds upon skills and lessons taught in previous years. There are many ways the counselors stay connected to the students at the Cole and Vinal Schools.  They are  visible in the hallways, classrooms, lunchroom, and at recess on a regular basis.  Counselors schedule Tier 1 social/emotional skills lessons, weekly lunch/recess groups, and small group instruction in the guidance office.  Periodic magic circle/class meetings are presented at each grade level addressing various topics of skills development (listed below).  Counselors often facilitate peer mediations for students in conflict and provide opportunities for students who would like to meet in private to discuss a feeling or concern.

     

    GRADE LEVEL TOPICS

    Kindergarten:

            Bus Expectations

            Feelings:  Sad, Mad, Happy, Angry, Excited, Frustrated, Disappointed, etc.

    Personal Space

    Impulse Control

    Introduction to Bullying Prevention

    Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

    How to be a friend -Empathy

    Stress Management- Flexible Thinking

    First Grade:

            Telling vs.Tattling - Knowing the Difference

    Whole Body Listening

    Let Me Choose/Decision Making

    Bullying Prevention

    Differences - Empathy

    Stress Management

    Second Grade:

            Self Regulation (Impulse Control)

    Stress Management

    Assertiveness

    Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

    Bullying Prevention

    Making friends - Empathy

    Third Grade:

            Empathy

            Perspective Taking

    Conflict Resolution

    Bullying Prevention

    Stress Management

    Self-Esteem - Intrinsic Motivation

    Fourth Grade:

            Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

            Fairness

    Girls/Boys Group - Dos' and Don'ts about Friendship

    Problem Solving

    Bullying Prevention

    Empathy

    Fifth Grade:

            Bullying Prevention

    Celebrating Differences

    Responsibility

    Conflict Resolution

    Puberty

    Stress Management

    Empathy