Manitou Springs Middle School

September 24th, 2021

Dear Mustang Families,

We had a fun week of learning at Manitou Springs Middle School. Enjoy photos in this week's newsletter of students engaged in creative, collaborative learning experiences.

Fall athletic teams are wrapping up their seasons soon (Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, and Cross Country). We are proud of the teamwork and sportsmanship our student athletes have demonstrated this season.

Our middle school team thanks you for your partnership to help all of our students learn and grow. Have a great weekend!

Social Emotinoal Learning During Advisory

We want all students to be successful in school, and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, students also need skills for learning challenges, making good decisions, handling strong emotions, and getting along with others.

This week, we began Second Step® Middle School, a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve students’ social-emotional skills, such as emotion management,

impulse control, problem solving, and empathy. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include:

Mindsets and Goals: Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.

Recognizing Bullying and Harassment: Students learn how to recognize bullying and harassment, stand up safely to bullying, and respond appropriately to harassment.

Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn how to recognize strong emotions and unhelpful thoughts, and apply strategies to manage their emotions and reduce stress.

Managing Relationships and Social Conflict: Students learn strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, perspective-taking, and dealing with conflict.

If you have any questions about Second Step® Middle School, please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive

school community.


Mr. Cady