Farmington Junior High Newsletter
Capturing Kids Hearts at FJHS
Dear Parents and Guardians:
What is new at FJHS this year for students? FJHS students, teachers and administrators are working through Capturing Kids’ Hearts. This is a systematic process with procedures that help students gain tools to build and maintain relationships, gain tools to build high-performing teams in our classrooms and help students to become confident in those teams and gain leadership skills. We are systematically working on leadership skills with students: students will be able to learn leadership tools in a group setting; students will learn how to be quality leaders through meeting and greeting others and basic communication skills and skills in listening and working on how to speak and listen in a confident manner; students and teachers will build these skills and teachers will model these skills so that students will be able to carry out these skills in their daily lives and create an atmosphere of trust inside the classrooms and school, have positive interactions with adults and students with encouragement and support.
Does FJHS still have discipline procedures? Yes, we do, and students go through all policies and procedures outlined in our FJHS Handbook in the first week of school with teachers, so that all students know the clear consequences, if they do not follow the rules.
Is this a curriculum? No, Capturing Kids’ Hearts is not a curriculum.
Are all teachers doing the Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes and procedures? Yes, they are, so that all students have the same opportunity to learn and grow as a leaders and in those leadership skills.
Do students use signals? Yes, there are three basic signals for students: time out, check yourself and the foul. These help students recognize when it is time to come back together (time out), when students are loud and groups are not listening (check yourself) and when students are saying unkind or unsolicited comments in class (foul)-students are learning to repair that relationship by offering an apology or saying two positive things to the other student at that time.
What is a social contract in a classroom? This is an agreement between teacher and students how everyone will treat each other and learn to respect each other as the class comes together to design this contract. Most social contracts say things like respect everyone, give 100 percent effort, listen to each other, be engaged in the learning process, and agree to disagree. Setting the expectations early helps all students and teachers have a great year.
Questions students will be asked for misbehavior:
What are you doing?
What are you supposed to be doing?
Are you doing it?
What are you going to do about it?
If a student does not get back to what they are supposed to be doing in the class, there are clear consequences, but students can think about the actions they are doing and choose to correct the behaviors before they move to those consequences.
Farmington Junior High
Assistant Principal, Cassy Story, email@example.com
Attendance Clerk, Jessica Flanagan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar, Lisa Williams, email@example.com