Social Emotional Learning in the Middle School builds authentic community by encouraging moral citizenship through self-awareness, healthy relationships, and compassionate action.
Social Emotional Learning in Middle School aims to build community and a sense of belonging. This begins with faculty members using common language throughout the school day to reinforce skill-building in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, and relationships.
Middle School students begin to take ownership of building authentic community in student life and community support. They practice leadership on a daily basis through a variety of community-building activities: advisory, chapel, community time, flex periods, the house system, the cabinet system, and community service. They learn that “leading from the middle” - showing good moral citizenship during everyday interactions with the community - has just as positive an impact as the actions of those leading “from the front.”
Through these channels, the Middle School develops into a community of moral citizens who exhibit self-awareness, build and maintain healthy relationships, and practice compassionate action toward those around them.
St. Andrew’s Mindfulness program, led by director Adam Ortman, was featured in this month’s Diversity IS magazine - the diversity and inclusion magazine for independent schools. The article “Faculty and Administrators Are the Front Line to Providing Mental Health Services” discusses how mindfulness can combat the negative effects of technology habits: “As young people turn increasingly to technology to avoid feelings of loneliness, boredom, and anxiety, the harder it is to learn to cope with unhealthy aspects of their lives,” Adam says, adding, "One of the most natural things we do is breathe and relax in our bodies. If we can offer these sorts of tools to young people, I think that it makes them feel more empowered to take care of themselves and work with their own experiences.”
Our mid-year, digital magazine The Highlander is here. (Download a PDF version here).Our students have been growing every day in their classrooms, on courts, fields, and stages, and in the greater Austin community. Be sure you click on our hyperlinked content to find extra info and photos. Our magazines are always available to view (including archived issues) on our Publications page.
St. Andrew's Annie Sykes (Middle School Student Services Coordinator) and Scott Zimmerman (Director of Social Emotional Learning) will host the discussion. Parents will be given the opportunity to ask questions, talk in small groups, and encourage one another with stories of success.
Unable to attend on December 3? Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 5, 2019, when Dr. Brooks will be presenting to all St. Andrew's families at 8:00 am in Rollins Library. Our hope is that by providing these two information sessions, we will support and empower you as parents in raising healthy children in a digital world.
As part of St. Andrew’s ongoing K-12 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, the fifth-graders were split into boys and girls groups this month to discuss different topics with SEL Director Scott Zimmerman and LS/MS Counselor Brearley Khan.
Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.