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2022-23 Whole Child, Whole Community Learning

September 2022 ~ Social-Emotional Principles to Support School Connectedness

WELCOME BACK! We're so glad you're here.


The September newsletter focuses on strategies to deepen connection and build students' sense of belonging. Engaging in connection-building activities promotes learning, development and growth. Social Emotional Learning fosters the positive school climate foundational to a sense of belonging and connection. Keep reading for tips on strengthening connection from pre-K through elementary, middle and high school, and plan on attending our fall parent education nights to support the home-school connection - details below!

The importance of fostering connection

Research shows that students who feel a genuine sense of belonging at school are more likely to do well in school, stay in school, and make healthy choices. This sense of belonging is often described as school connectedness. School connectedness is the belief held by students that the adults and peers in their school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals. Students who feel connected to school are more likely to have a number of positive health and academic outcomes.

Principles of Connection @ Home

  • When your child turns towards you and makes a bid for your attention, make it a good experience for them.
  • Warm, kind eyes with an open and welcoming stance lets them know you are available and interested in what they have to say.
  • Wonder aloud together to help build resilience to stress.
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📢 SAVE THESE DATES! Fall Parent Support Education Series

WED 9/21/22, 6 PM @ Dahlstrom Middle School Cafeteria: Teen Depression & Suicide. Knowing the Signs Could Save a Life.


MON 10/17/22, 6 PM @ Barton Middle School Cafeteria: Social Media for the Under 18 Crowd - Stay Safe and Social at the Same Time


THURS 11/10/22, 6 PM @ Wallace Middle School Cafeteria: Family Communication/Conflict - How to Get Along with Those We Love the Most.


More Information: Contact Shannon Howell Shannon.Howell@hayscisd.net

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WEDENSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th 6PM - 8PM

Please join our amazing Special Education professionals for the Hays CISD Special Education Information Fair!
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Our incredible Hays CISD Digital Learning Team is sponsoring district-wide access to view SCREENAGERS!

Beginning September 6th, through September 20th, 2022, Hays CISD will have access to view the film. Request a link here: https://tinyurl.com/ondemandscreenagers
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Support School Connectedness By Becoming a Mentor

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