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School Program Helps Students Reach Their Full Potential

Canberra Secondary School, Singapore

This school aspires to develop students to their full potential—to teach them the right values, create a mindset for excellence, and nurture them to be responsible and caring citizens.  The Character Development Committee at this school put in place a structured program to enhance students' social emotional competencies. At the beginning of the year the Committee—after assessing student social emotional competencies—determines student social emotional needs. The Committee plans social emotional workshops and wellbeing periods to help them work on the needed skills. The workshops at this school were aimed at providing students with strategies to understand their strengths and weakness, teach them skills to help them cope with transition and change management, as well as encourage them to accept responsibility, and look ahead to the future. The wellness lessons helped their students develop self-awareness and self-management skills that will help them achieve personal overall wellbeing. The program served as a platform for teacher-student interaction and helped to develop camaraderie among students. At the end of the year students evaluate their competencies, which is then used to evaluate the program. The Wellbeing Program at Canberra Secondary School is a Singapore Health Promotion Board Platinum CHERISH Award winner for its efforts to improve student overall health and wellbeing.

Motivation Program Helps Build Positive Mindsets

Temasek Primary School, Singapore

To increase students’ motivation, confidence and self-efficacy, a Motivational Program was conducted for students at Temasek Primary School. The program aimed to instill positive mindsets in students and equip them with strategies to build their confidence and motivation levels. Prior to the implementation of the program, a pre-survey was administered to determine the student needs in this areas. As part of the program,the Life Path Vision Board was introduced to help students focus on their goals. Parents were also involved in the program to provide support and words of encouragement to the students.To engage other relevant stakeholders, letters with information on the program were sent out and school staff was briefed on the rationale and objectives of the program. At the end of the program, a post survey showed that students were better motivated by participating in this program. The Singapore Health Promotion Board awarded Temasek Primary School Motivational Program the CHERISH Gold Award for helping to improve overall health and wellbeing of students.
 

School Camp Helps Students Learn Healthy Habits

Yishun Secondary School, Singapore

Yishun Secondary School conducts needs assessment for students annually. Physical measurements at the beginning of the year shows school leaders which students need a little extra help to learn about and stay healthy. The school offers students the opportunity to participate in the Keep in Shape Through Sports (KISS) camp to educate students on their diet and ensure students are physically active. To ensure the effectiveness of the program, school leaders provide support by allocating funds to the program and monitoring school foods to provide only healthy food and drinks. Physical education teachers were excused from other school duties to conduct the program and parent involvement helped ensure the program's effectiveness. As a result of the program, around 30% of the overweight students passed their physical proficiency test and 85% of the students who participated in the camp lost weight beacuse they better understood how their diet and exercise affected their weight. In addition, the program evaluations and feedback was very positive from both parents and students. Yishun Secondary's KISS camp received the Singapore Health Promotion Board CHERISH Platinum Award for efforts to improve student health and develop life long healthy habits.

Promoting Health, Seeking Excellence, Moving toward the World

Tai-An Elementary School, Taichung City, Taiwan

Tai-An Elementary School participated in 2012 Health Promoting School International Accreditation, and was awarded with Gold Medal by the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare. The school promoted health by applying diverse strategies in six aspects: school policy, physical environment, social environment, teaching activities, health service, and community relationships. School administrative, parent, and community resources were also incorporated to further implement these strategies.The school principal strongly supported the program, by infusing the initiative within the school faculty and staff, issuing evaluations within the schools and community, and subsequently formulated school health policies. In addition, the school focused on providing a suitable, improved and controlled environment for teaching and learning—to emphasize holistic health and create a supportive social network toward health promoting schools. Through the design of diverse activities and the integration of related fields and subjects, the effectiveness of curricula was therefore maximized comprehensively. Moreover, the school nurses also played essential roles in the integration of health activities into all departments, and in the implementation of community services outside of the school.
 

Library Keeps New Jersey School on the Forefront of Change and Growth

Pennsylvania Avenue School, Atlantic City, NJ

Pennsylvania Avenue School, located in Atlantic City, N.J., is an American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year Award (NSLPY) recipient. Through collaboration with administration, teachers, parents, and students, the school library helps to build a school environment that is globally interactive, safe, flexible, and innovative in every way. Together the administrators and school librarian have worked to build an exemplary school library program that showcases the Pennsylvania Avenue's 21st century learning by providing state of the art digital technologies for students to learn and use and help school educators stay on the front line of change and growth. The dedication of the school administrators alongside the school librarians helps to ensure efficient, effective, engaging, and empowering instruction for every student and the differing abilities of each student is embraced and respected.
 

School Library Helps Provide a Hub of Collaboration and Student Learning

New Augusta Public Academy-South, Indianapolis, Ind.

New Augusta Public Academy South elementary school, part of the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, serves 531 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The work of faculty and staff focuses on creating a safe, caring and respectful environment that is necessary for powerful learning, building a culture of respect with collaboration, and organizing meaningful curriculum connected to state standards. The school uses research-based teaching and learning practices that actively engages students; promotes collaboration among staff, students, parents, and community patrons; and prepares students to live and learn in an ever-changing technological and global society. The school library is embedded in every aspect of life at New Augusta and has become the hub where all of this school collaboration and student-centered learning happens. The school librarian works side-by-side with the classroom teachers to help students learn in multiple ways: inquiry based projects, distance learning, and helping students develop a love of reading. Winner of whole child partner American Library Association's 2013 National School Library Program of the Year, the library and school librarian have helped make this school an admirable example of what a stimulating, student-centered school environment should look like.
 

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Hidden Creek Elementary School, Port Orchard, Wash.
 

Washington State ASCD has selected Hidden Creek Elementary School as the winner of its State School of Character Award. This Port Orchard, Washington school works to ensure that each child is developing not only academically, but emotionally and socially as well. This is accomplished through character education modules and an academic program that is customized to meet individual needs. At Hidden Creek, staff members believe in the aptitude for success in every student, and they strive to help the students meet their goals every day. The school combines supportive programming and goal setting exercises to keep its students on the path to success.

Emphasis on Real World Skills Sets Washington School Apart

Skyview High School, Vancouver, Wash.

Skyview High School has been recognized for its efforts to go above and beyond requirements with the Challenged Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Skyview, located in Vancouver, Washington, is notable for its educational innovations, which allow the students to pursue their interests extensively at the precollege level. Students are able to learn about and train in the fields that they may one day pursue in the working world, gaining crucial skills and knowledge at an early age. The school’s challenging academic curriculum, which features 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, is paired with an engaging extracurricular framework whose offerings range from choir to knowledge bowl.

Emphasis on Real World Skills Sets Washington School Apart

Skyview High School, Vancouver, Wash.

Skyview High School has been recognized for its efforts to go above and beyond requirements with the Challenged Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Skyview, located in Vancouver, Washington, is notable for its educational innovations, which allow the students to pursue their interests extensively at the precollege level. Students are able to learn about and train in the fields that they may one day pursue in the working world, gaining crucial skills and knowledge at an early age. The school’s challenging academic curriculum, which features 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, is paired with an engaging extracurricular framework whose offerings range from choir to knowledge bowl.

Language Learning Meets Emotional Understanding

Open High School, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
 

Open High School—designated a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute—s a school like no other. Centered in Randwick, Australia, the school specializes in languages via distance learning. Nearly 2,000 students from both public and private schools have the opportunity to choose from 103 courses in 13 languages that are not available to them in their local schools. Aside from language offerings, Open High School is committed to providing an emotionally supportive learning environment for all of its students and staff.

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