Mrs. Shelby Whiting
Feb. 4th, 2022
Dear Parent/s Guardians,
Our goal in Idaho Falls School District 91 is to ensure students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to be successful beyond high school. Part of this learning process involves teaching children the importance of making positive choices, and helping them understand how those choices can affect their academic success and all aspects of life.
Between the months of February through May, 6th grade students will be participating in the district wide CHOICES program. This is a time for 6th graders to learn about how drugs and alcohol affect their body and brain. Students will also learn about the impacts that social media can have on their social and emotional development. Throughout the 6 lessons students will gain insight and knowledge into the importance of making healthy choices both physically and emotionally. Parents please look at the link below presenting questions that you can discuss with your student at home. We encourage you to discuss with your student what they are learning through these 6 lessons. If you have further questions please talk to your school counselor.
Habits of Scholarship support students’ academic success and reflect the character traits of Sunnyside Elementary. Habits of scholarship also aid in developing study skills, persistence, self-awareness, and the ability to ask for feedback. Students are required to analyze their progress with regard to character and academic development.
We have been working on collaboration, perseverance, and responsibility in order to help our students be successful both in the classroom and in our communities. As a staff we are very excited to add RESPECT to our Habits of Scholarship. We have noticed that our students need a refocus on respect in order to be successful learners and collaborators. As we talked with several of our students last year about what respect means to them, they had some amazing things to add.
“Being kind to everyone”
“Treating your teachers like they have feelings too”
“Taking care of our things and staying away from things that aren't mine”
How are students taught these traits at Sunnyside?
El Education is built upon 10 design principles that animate a research-based model for transforming teaching, learning, and the character and culture of Sunnyside Elementary. Mrs. Shelby Whiting, our school counselor, along with the staff at Sunnyside Elementary focus on the character building aspects of these design principles on a daily basis through in class teaching and modeling, as well as weekly lessons provided by Shelby. These design principles support our Sunnyside Habits of Scholarship to promote and support students’ academic and social/emotional success.
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phone number 208-524-7880 ext. 19922.