Hartland School's Climate and Safety Committee is excited to announce that we hosted our second SEL afternoon today, May 12th. Thank you to all the teachers, staff and community members who made these experiences possible.
Primary grade students will engage in a variety of lessons, which included some cross-grade collaboration. Students in K-2 participated in a health lesson with Mrs. Hille focused on nutrition, including figuring out how much sugar is in common snacks for kids . They also completed a "size of the problem" activity, during which they needed to identify common problems, label the size of the problem, and discuss appropriate solutions. Their final activity is a surprise....moms, you'll have to wait and see!
Students in grades 3-5 participated in the "Pillowcase Project," led by the American Red Cross. This is an interactive preparedness program designed and offered by Red Cross chapters to students across the country. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards, teach safety and emotional coping skills, as well as the importance of personal preparedness. Through instructor-led presentations, students learned the best ways to stay safe, how to handle stressful situations, and what tools they can use at home to prepare for emergencies. Students also had the opportunity to decorate and personalize their own pillowcases, which serve as containers for a personal emergency supplies kit. Students were encouraged to share what they've learned with friends and family.
Grade 6 students participated in a social emotional activity, focused on collaboration, respect, and identifying the difference between things you can and can't control. Mrs. Eldred lead the conversation with a variety of activities, including a group beach ball activity and labeling problems in regards to levels of control (no control, some control, complete control).
Students in grades 7 and 8 participated in presentations lead by AnnMarie Cox of Granby Youth Service Bureau, focused on gender roles, stereotypes, norms, and identity. The impact of bullying and harassment were addressed, as well as identifying way students can be allies. Students were encouraged to remain kind and supportive peers, and to understand that the laws and high school expectations require tolerance. She concluded by finishing the training on suicide prevention called QPR. The faculty reflected that the students handled these topics with maturity and grace.