PUE's CAST Kindness Program
You can nominate a student, teacher, or PUE staff member online by clicking "Useful Links" on the left. Pride sticks are awarded monthly to the homeroom winner. All nomination forms are due by the last day of the month.
An online nomination form is available under Useful Links --> CAST Kindness
Guidance lessons occur monthly during library. During lessons, students and I work on issues that they have identified through data collected on surveys and assessments in the initial guidance and the final guidance lesson. I also use Committee for Children’s Second Step program. The Second Step program is aligned with ASCA domains (Academic, Career, and Social/Emotional.
The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
- Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
- Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
- Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
- Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.
Please check the calendar for guidance lessons and talk with your student about what they are learning.
Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP5 FAMI LY75 to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning.
Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy
It is very important that your child attend school every day. Parents will often ask me, "What can I do to get my child to come to school?" Please feel free to discuss your concerns with me. I'd be more than happy to assist while your child is at school. Attendance Works has valuable resources and tips because ultimately, you are the first line of defense in preventing truancy and chronic absenteesm.