Included in Friendswood’s strategic plan is our common, core beliefs. Some of those beliefs include, Students learn best and succeed in a space where they feel heard, seen and connected; Interpersonal relationships and connections are vital to the learning of and the development of civility and respect; A well-rounded student is the product of academic, social and emotional learning. It is these beliefs that provide the framework and guide authentic social and emotional learning opportunities for our students enabling them to thrive personally and academically, to build and maintain healthy, positive relationships and contribute to their community.
We define social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. *Casel.org
Elementary SEL Curriculum
Teachers in grades K-5 implement the Kindness in the Classroom curriculum during daily Morning Meetings. Kindness in the Classroom is a Tier 1, evidence-based Social Emotional Learning curriculum designed to create a culture of kindness. Teachers are provided with scripted lessons, as well as necessary materials. Parent letters are sent home at the beginning of every unit and include a list of activities that will be completed during the unit and ways that parents can help at home.
FJH SEL Curriculum
Tier 1 interventions at the jr high level involve all students participating in Mustang Connections classes everyday at FJH. In those Mustang Connections classes, students have opportunities to build competencies in self and social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management and relationship skills. A primary focus during this class is making connections between peer and teacher and peer to peer. When all students have opportunities to develop and practice social and emotional skills, mindsets and attitudes, students are empowered and the demands of school and life become easier to navigate.
FJH SEL Plan - Mustang Connections 2022-2023
- Building Community: Icebreakers and Team Building
- Self Management: Checking Canvas, Using Planners, Checking Skyward
- Self Awareness: Identifying Values, Practicing Our Values, Knowing Our Strengths and Weaknesses, Habit Development, Commitment, Establishing Goals
- NAMI: mental health awareness presentations for 8th graders (Ending the Silence)
- Self Awareness: Grit and Perseverance, Empathy and Perspective Taking
- Social Awareness: Nonverbal and Verbal Cues, Personal Space, Voice Tone and Volume
- Community Service Project: Planned and presented through Connections.
- Self Awareness: Respect, Gratitude, Self-Talk, “Being Thankful”
- Unbound Houston: Human Trafficking Presentations for 7th graders (Unbound Houston)
- Community Service Project: Holiday cards to Jack’s Project (Texas Children’s Hospital)
- Spirit of Giving
- NAMI: Suicide Prevention Presentions to 7th & 8th Graders (Stress Less: Resiliency)
- Self Awareness: Resolutions, Reflections and Goals
- Self Management: Organization
- Great Kindness Challenge Door Decorating Contest
- Responsible Decision Making: Course Selections
- Self Management: Study Skills
- Relationship Skills: Communication Skills, Healthy Friendships, Social Media and Friendships, Conflict Resolution
- Relationship Skills: Healthy Friendships, Social Interactions and Conflict Resolution
- Self Management: Stress and Effective Stress Management (Self Regulation)
- Responsible Decision Making: Different Styles, Steps to Making Good Decisions, Consequences, Social Media and Digital Responsibilities, Digital Footprints
- Anxiety Triggers and Self Regulation, Resiliency and Healthy Coping Skills
For more information on Friendswood Junior High SEL, please visit the FJH Social Emotional Learning Canvas page.
FHS SEL Curriculum
SEL Tier 1 Direct Instruction is provided to high school students through grade level classes in large groups and also through the use of MCS. Major topics discussed are included below:
1st Nine weeks
- Resiliency - Presentations for Freshman as they transition into high school and for seniors as they are preparing for life outside of high school. Presentations include resources such as Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD, who has served on the stress management faculties at the Pentagon, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and the University of Maryland, Atomic Habits by James Clear, Texas Suicide Safer Schools Coalition, the National Incident Management System and Adulting 101 curriculum.
- Stress Management- Activities and information that targets the specific concerns of students as they go through high school i.e. transition to high school, college planning, procrastination, and life skills.
- Suicide Prevention-
- Activities on canvas page as well as videos from the Youtube Channel: My life is worth living
- Mindwise Curriculum and screener
- Safety Planning completed with all incoming freshmen in the first month of school.
- Positive Action Curriculum utilized in MCS presentations and small groups.
- Bullying - lesson and survey with all students
2nd nine weeks
- Drug Education & Prevention/Red Ribbon Week (Student Led/Student Council)
- Human Trafficking-Unbound presentations given to Sophomore students.
3rd nine weeks
- Dating Violence/Family Violence/Child Abuse - Presentation administered to all junior students. The presentation is a locally developed presentation that was made based on state required education and with input from our local law enforcement agency. The presentation focuses heavily on existing laws related to these topics.
- Bullying prevention lessons on MCS, stopbullying.gov.
4th Nine weeks
Mental Health Awareness Fair (Student led)-Campus-wide initiative with booths provided by students, staff, and volunteers. Typically includes topics such as positive affirmations, the importance of sleep, restorative yoga, tips and tricks for reducing anxiety, and the campus therapy dog.
Ongoing School-wide Initiatives:
- Calming Corner in the Counseling Center - a reset station available to students who need a short amount of time to regroup and practice coping strategies individually and help them get back to class
- Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) -counselors and administrators work together to help intervene with students using constructive and supportive techniques.
- Character Counts - monthly acknowledgements of students who exhibit the FISD character pillars; staff to student
- Community Faith Partners-volunteers provide positive interactions with students during lunches and support campus needs.
- YAM (Youth Aware of Mental Health) - TEA-approved Tier 1 programming, currently being reviewed for statewide implementation. https://www.y-a-m.org/
- SEL Teacher leaders are teachers that receive more in depth mental health training, and help facilitate the education of the entire staff with trauma informed practices, classroom positive behavior intervention supports, and bullying prevention. Teacher leaders also assist with the planning and development of Tier 1 interventions as they arise. Trauma Sensitive Schools
- Partnership with Bay Area Alliance, FISD Cares for student needs as they arise