Tagged “Engaged”

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.

Resource Center Unites School and Families in the Pursuit of a Successful Future

McLoughlin Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
 

McLoughlin Middle School joins other top Washington schools in receiving the Supported Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Located in Vancouver, Washington, McLoughlin strives to connect with its students and their families on multiple levels. The school’s family community resource center serves as a central access point for the numerous support services offered in the area, from free school supplies to dental care. During the school day, students who have been identified as needing additional academic assistance are paired with mentoring advocates or attend support classes to help them boost their grades and succeed.

Backed by Supportive Staff, Students Pursue Academic Passions

Mullenix Ridge Elementary School, Port Orchard, Wash.
 

Mullenix Ridge Elementary School has been chosen to receive a Washington State ASCD Supported Students Award. The emphasis in this Port Orchard, Washington school is to enable all students to pursue their passions through the encouragement of mentors and keen awareness of individual development. Staff members work together to ensure that every child receives the necessary support and interventions to achieve their potential. This sense of teamwork carries over to the students as well, who participate in extracurricular activities such as the kindness club in order to perpetuate the welcoming school environment.

An Emphasis on the Arts Boosts Student Engagement

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver, Wash.
 

Washington State ASCD has selected Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, located in Vancouver, Washington, as a recipient of its Student Engagement Award. The unique nature of the school’s curriculum allows students to supplement their regular coursework with an intensive focus in one or more areas of the arts. Students may also participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from a costuming club to jazz band. Vancouver School students are able to pursue their interests every day, and as a result students feel a strong bond with the school, their classes, and each other.

When Well-Being Comes First, Developmental Success is Sure to Follow

Wanniassa School, Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
 

Wanniassa School has been named a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute in light of its commitment to mental health. The dual campus school, located in Wanniassa, Australia, is notable for its diverse student body and in-house support centers for disengaged students. Fresh off of a 3-year school climate study, Wanniassa prioritizes student health and wellbeing through both in-school programming and external wellness training for student ambassadors. The effect of these initiatives can be seen in a dramatic drop in suspensions in just two years, as well as in academic benchmarks.

Open-Minded Community Shares Ideas for Collective Growth

St. Stephen’s School, Duncraig, Western Australia, Australia
 

Principals Australia Institute, a whole child partner, has added St. Stephen’s School to its list of MindMatters schools. Located in Duncraig, a suburb of Perth, Australia, the school prides itself on respect for diversity, strong bonds with the community, and pursuit of excellence by its students. Staff members meet every two weeks to discuss the mental health and wellbeing of the student body, and health education modules pertaining to mental health issues have been incorporated into the curriculum. The sense of common understanding and support makes St. Stephen’s a comfortable and accessible environment in which both students and staff can speak freely about these issues.

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.

Individualized Learning Shapes Successful Students

Dubbo School of Distance Education, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
 

Dubbo School of Distance Education has been designated a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute. The school, centered in Dubbo, Australia, provides individualized distance education options for students in preschool through 12th grade who are either unable to attend a face-to-face school or are pursuing a course of study that is unavailable at their local school. The flexibility that Dubbo provides allows students to receive a quality education that is tailored to their personal needs and lifestyles. Most notably, Dubbo has worked to improve access to mental health resources for its students and their families, helping them gain necessary support outside of the learning environment.

Empowerment Strategies Show Students How to Lead

Bowden Brompton Community School, Brompton, South Australia, Australia

Principals Australia Institute, a whole child partner, has designated Bowden Brompton Community School as a MindMatters school. Located in Brompton, Australia, Bowden Brompton provides educational and emotional support for students who require a nontraditional learning environment. The school emphasizes leadership and empathy through anti-bullying strategies and empowerment programs, such as MindMatters’ Youth Empowerment Process (YEP). Bowden Brompton has seen considerable improvements in attendance, focus, and literacy since the school began implementing MindMatters techniques.

Math Programs Add Up to Success

Albermarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia

Whole child partner National School Boards Association has awarded a grand prize grant to Albermarle County Public Schools in the 2013 Magna Awards. The district—located in Charlottesville, Virginia—has implemented an initiative known as “M-Cubed: Math, Men, and Mission,” a two week summer math academy for male African-American students. The summer program is supplemented by mentoring and academic support during the remainder of the year. M-Cubed is intended to increase levels of academic achievement and also promote connections with local community organizations.

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