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Mental Health and Wellbeing Come First

Black Mountain School, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Named a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, Black Mountain School exemplifies excellence in special education. Located in Canberra, Australia, Black Mountain works to provide its students with the skills to actively participate in everyday life. The school has been employing MindMatters techniques and curricula since 2010, building a comfortable, open environment in which students and staff feel free to discuss issues of mental health and wellbeing. Black Mountain also works closely with students’ families and the local community in order to reinforce the web of support that has proven so crucial.

Harnessing Leadership Potential to Keep Teens in School

Fontana Unified School District, Fontana, Calif.

Fontana Unified School District, located in Fontana, California, has been awarded a grand prize grant in whole child partner National School Board Association’s 2013 Magna Awards. The district has developed and implemented the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP). FLIP, which is directed at middle and high school students, offers students a variety of classes ranging from ethics to drug and alcohol resistance. The program also requires participation in community projects and seminars for parents as well. This multifaceted outreach has already made a visible difference in behavior issues at both the middle and high school levels.

Student Engagement and Moral Leadership Set the Bar High

Elizabeth Forward Middle School, Elizabeth, Penn.

Elizabeth Forward Middle School has been named a Pennsylvania School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Located in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, the school is one of only 33 in the state to receive this title. Pennsylvania Schools to Watch Director Bruce Vosburgh cited the students’ ambition and strong sense of community as factors in the school’s selection. Elizabeth Forward is notable for its engaging and effective anti-bullying campaign, which works to create a safe and supportive environment for all learners.

Respect and Support Frame Academic Achievement

South Middle School, Lancaster, South Carolina

South Middle School has been named a South Carolina School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The Lancaster, South Carolina school maintains a partnership with Winthrop University in order to continue its pursuit of academic excellence and high standards for students and staff alike. Visitors to the school immediately note the culture of mutual respect among students and staff. Students receive support from individualized interventions designed to keep all learners on track for success.

High Expectations Yield Valuable Lessons

Fairmont Elementary K–8 School, Sanger, Calif.

Fairmont Elementary K–8 School, recently named a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, sets the bar high for educational achievement. Located in Sanger, California, Fairmont works to help its students succeed by providing them with a safe learning environment, diverse intellectual opportunities, and a strong partnership with families and the local community. Students understand the high expectations held by their teachers and school administrators, and they strive to work at that level each day.

School Staff Works Tirelessly to Improve their Students

Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, OR.

Milwaukie High School's staff works tirelessly to improve their students’ academic, social, and emotional growth; to expand their educational practices; and sharpen the administration’s focus on staff professional development. Incoming students’ reading and math proficiency are assessed by trained staff and additional supplementary reading and math courses are provided as needed. Teams of staff meet once a week with a group of school counselors, mental and physical health providers, social workers, and administrators to discuss ways to support at-risk students. During these meetings, participants collaborate to build individual intervention plans for these students, which can include academic support, mental or physical health care, or other social services.  The strong sense of service Milwaukie High School teachers demonstrate is mirrored in their students’ participation in the community. Students better understand the relevancy of their learning through service learning opportunities, career-technical programs, and the performing arts. The school has seen improvements in reading and math achievement in participating students, and its graduation rate has steadily improved beyond Oregon state’s average. Milwaukie High School received the 2013 Vision in Action: The Whole Child Award for its tireless efforts to improve.

Award Winning School is Committed to Helping its Students Achieve

Byrne Creek Secondary School, Burnaby, BC

Byrne Creek Secondary School, located in Burnaby, British Columbia, is the 2012 winner of the association’s Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. Since opening in 2005, Byrne Creek Secondary School has been committed to providing a safe, caring, and comprehensive learning environment for its 1,250 students in grades 8–12. The surrounding neighbourhood has a high population of immigrants, many of whom are refugees. More than 60 percent of Byrne Creek’s students have a first language other than English. Though there are challenges, Byrne Creek has naturally become a culturally rich hub where students and families come together to share, celebrate, and connect with resources. Even the building’s design encourages belonging with bright natural light, large open spaces for community gatherings, and a 120-seat video conferencing “Centre for Dialogue” modeled after that of the United Nations. In June 2011, in recognition of the work being done to support the community, the district designated Byrne Creek as a pilot Community School for the 2011–12 school year.

 

 

Suburban School Provides a Safe Environment for its Students and Staff

Seven Oaks Elementary School, Columbia, SC

This suburban school is dedicated to providing a safe environment for its student body and staff through multiple trainings and professional development sessions. Beck Shumpert, director of kindergarten and children’s ministry at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, reports that parents send their children to school knowing that this safe and supported environment is a lighthouse for families in the community that provides children with opportunities and programs that positively influence children's academic successes.
 

Engaged Learning Community Creates Safe, Supportive, Challenging Environment for Students

Ashton Elementary, Cumberland, R.I.
 

Ashton Elementary School, located in Cumberland, R.I., is a diverse family of learners in which a partnership of school, family, and community collaborate to develop a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment. The school was the winner of the Rhode Island ASCD Whole Child Award for its rich educational experience of engaged, meaningful learning opportunities for K–5 students, parents, and teachers. The school challenges students with a strong foundation in literacy and math across the curriculum. Benchmarking systems are used regularly to monitor student achievement and provide differentiated instruction to support learning for all. Students that need support are referred to a Target Team where additional check in-check out, social skills training, in-school counseling and wrap-around services for the family are offered. The school uses the Child Enrichment Program, which offers after-school activities for students to engage their interests and talents including karate, drama, art, yoga, global celebrations, basketball, scrapbooking, mad science, chorus, cartooning, and cooking club. The supportive community at Ashton Elementary provides a great example of what happens when students are put on the right track.
 

School Focuses on More Than Just Academic Achievement

Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis, N.Y.
 

Port Jervis's school improvement efforts over the past few years have completely changed the school into a thriving learning environment that focuses on more than just student academic achievement. One of the first recipients of the NYSASCD Whole Child for the 21st Century Award, the school has initiated programs that fully prepare students for work, college, and citizenship by keeping them healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The culture motivates students and engages them in learning through programs such as the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students, community outreach activities, health fairs, and proactive assemblies.
 

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