Social/Emotional and Wellness Programming in the Middle School

In the coming weeks and months, Middle School students will once again be participating in wellness programs geared to support their social, emotional, and physical well-being. As a school, we know there is much more to a student’s life than just academics. We strive to develop students who will go on to be successful in the world, and we also want to help educate students in areas that will allow them to be prepared to make informed decisions when faced with challenging situations and to reflect on how our actions have ramifications on those around us.

This week, the Middle School will be participating inThe Great Kindness Challenge. Every year, thousands of schools all over the world participate in this week to promote kindness in schools and in our culture. As Aesop said, “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” With this in mind, we are asking students to engage in one act of kindness each day. In addition, we will have special dress days on Thursday and Friday to celebrate this week. Thursday is “Hats Off to Kindness Day” when students can wear their favorite hat, and Friday is “Team Kindness” Day when students can wear apparel from their favorite sports team. On Friday, we will also hold a “Mix It Up” lunch.

This winter we will continue with wellness programming that we began last year in the Middle School. Will Slotnick, from The Wellness Collaborative, will be working with the 7th grade during the week of January 29th,. Mr. Slotnick will work with students through his Wellness-Based Alcohol and Drug Education Program. Students also learn about stress management and mindfulness. He has over twenty-five years of experience in this field, and we are excited to have this expert working closely with our students once again. Mr. Slotnick has worked at several other area independent schools. More information about this programming can be found on his website http://www.wellnesscollaborative.org.

During the week of April 2th, Partners in Sex Education will be working with our 6th and 8th grade students. Partners in Sex Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Greater Boston youth through comprehensive education about sexuality, sexual health, and relationships. The educators have extensive experience in both public and private school settings. The following values are integral to the curriculum: the importance of maintaining one’s health, the right to accurate information, respect for oneself and others, equality for everyone and open communication to ensure learning.

We are looking forward to the upcoming social-emotional and wellness programs, and we believe our students will greatly benefit from this work!

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