One of the more energizing scenes to see on campus every year is the return of students after the Winter Break. There is pure joy in our students' eyes as they welcome each other back into each other’s lives. There are the loud hugs, the cool dude half hugs, the silly handshakes, and even the “run to each other” hug. The smiles are contagious, and it seems to be the one day where our kids are not worried about the normal teenage judgment in their friendship rituals. This day is also special for teachers since they have already developed relationships with our students unlike the first day of school. There are immediate conversations and discussions in the halls and classrooms about many things besides the new learning targets. This excitement is soon eroded by Thursday morning as the third day of getting back into the routine becomes a little laborious for all.
We are including some messaging and opportunities from the district and campus level about one of our main goals - SEL - Social Emotional Learning. We hope you take the time to read and explore the links provided.
Parents of Healthy Students (6-12)
Social-Awareness and caring for others is the EISD SEL focus for the third nine weeks. Empathy is being able to understand and value someone else’s perspective and having compassion for others even when they are different.
One of the ways parents can support their teens with tolerance and acceptance is to continue to have an open dialogue. “Providing messages that promote healthy self-esteem can go a long way to encourage [teens] to embrace differences in [themselves] and others”. We can also support our teens in understanding and accepting others by initiating conversations around relevant current issues. Our teens are watching and listening to how we treat others.
To learn more, read “Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice”.
We hope you have a wonderful three day weekend. Take care.
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections