Chocksett News

Wachusett Regional School District

In this newsletter:

The theme of this newsletter is Healthy Living! The goal of the Wachusett Regional School district is to identify effective research-based practices that promote student health and to educate the school community regarding social and emotional learning. Within this newsletter you will find helpful hints, website links and tools to aid in the social and emotional educational journey.
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What are we doing at Chocksett to support student's SEL?

Our School Counsellor provides lessons on the following topics!

Grade 5 -

Name Calling/Assertiveness

Being an Upstander to bullying

Grade 6 -

Under the umbrella of “Success in Middle School” student lessons are focused on the development of executive functioning and self-management skills. Executive functioning is the complex cognitive process of setting goals, organizing and prioritizing, practicing flexible thinking, accessing working memory, self-monitoring and self-checking (Meltzer, 2010). Self-management is identified by CASEL as one of five social/emotional competencies. It is the “ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.”

Active listening

Goal Setting

Stress management

Organizing and Prioritizing Information

Taking responsibility

Grade 7 -

Under the umbrella of “Interpersonal Relationships” the lessons presented to the 7th grade students focuses on developing upon an understanding of self and others, peer relationships, effective social skills, communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution and diversity awareness. CASEL identifies Social-awareness and Relationship skills as two social/emotional competencies critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker (CASEL, 2005). CASEL defines these SEL competencies as:

Social awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school and community resources and supports.

Relationship skills are the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively and seeking and offering help when needed.

Active Listening

Perspective Taking


Conflict resolution and disagreeing respectfully

Respecting differences

Overcoming obstacles and listening to myself

Time To ACT: (Signs of Suicide)

Additionally we will offer: SBIRT screening

Grade 8 -

Under the umbrella of “Making Healthy Choices” the lessons presented to 8th grade students focuses on the importance of recognizing their emotions and how they influence thoughts and actions. Lessons encourage students to explore their own interests, values, personality style and learning styles as well as further develop their ability to make choices and decisions with safety, ethical standards/norms and a constructive evaluation of consequences in mind. The CASEL competencies covered in these lessons are Responsible Decision Making, and Self-Awareness.

Responsible Decision Making is the ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.

Self-awareness is the ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

Identifying and Recognizing Emotions

Making Healthy Choices

About Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs

Your Plan For The Future

Time To ACT: (Signs of Suicide)

How to Cope with Anxiety

Managing Stress
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