A well-maintained school with a positive psychosocial climate and culture can foster school connectedness, which in turn boosts student and staff health as well as students’ educational achievement. Teaching the foundational principles of communication, responsibility, cooperation, respect, and assertiveness begins at the elementary level with the social competency program, Open Circle.  Vertically aligned efforts reflect the leadership and administrative support organized under the district level Health Education programming, School Health Advisory Council, and the Anti-Bullying Committee.  


School Contacts:
Angela Lang, School Psychologist
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Paulette Marino, School Adjustment Counselor
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District Contact:
Tammy A. Rundle, Director of School Counseling, Testing & Career Services, K-12
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Phone: 781-545-8750 X370


See the various programs used at Jenkins to foster a healthy school environment:

Open Circle: http://www.open-circle.org
Open circle provides a unique, evidence based social and emotional learning program for grades K-5, aimed at: 1) proactively developing children’s skill for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships, and problem solving, and 2) helping schools develop a community where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning.  Classroom teachers implement the grade-differentiated Open Circle Curriculum during 15-minute classroom meetings twice per week. Students form a circle of chairs, including an empty seat to symbolize that there is always room for another person, voice, or opinion.

PBIS: https://pbis.org/
PBIS is a school-wide multi-tiered behavioral framework or approach that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.  PBIS is NOT a packaged curriculum, scripted intervention, or manualized strategy. PBIS sets the expectations for Jenkins students and recognizes those who demonstrate the expectations in the moment through a shark ticket.  PBIS is based on principles of applied behavior analysis, the prevention approach, and values of positive behavior support.  Effective classroom management and preventive school discipline are essential for supporting teaching and learning.  PBIS supports the success of ALL students.  

Calm Classroom: http://www.calmclassroom.com
The Calm Classroom program is composed of scripted research-based mindfulness techniques that develop breathing, stretching, relaxation, and focusing skills.  Students learn how to overcome difficulty learning in school, anxiety, toxic stress and trauma, and violence towards oneself and others.  Calm Classroom is implemented school-wide from preschool through high school.  Teachers and students practice scripted mindfulness techniques in their classroom one to three times per day.  Each technique is three minutes in length.  School counselors, social workers, school psychologists and administrators use the techniques in one-on-one and small group meetings with students who are struggling with behavioral, emotional, and academic challenges.

Wednesday Wisdom:  http://www.projectwisdom.com
Project Wisdom is one of the oldest, most respected, and nationally recognized character education programs a nationally recognized.  Mr. Pelletier has a weekly broadcast on Wednesdays offering a collection of uplifting, thought-provoking messages that take less than 60 seconds to deliver. These weekly short messages help to teach students to understand, care about, and act upon core values while improving social-emotional skills.

Growth Mindset: https://www.mindsetworks.com/schools/default
Equally important to the cultivating of academics, the philosophy of growth mindset encourages students to persevere in the face of obstacles. Studies show that focusing on process rather than current ability can help eliminate the achievement gap.  Praising students for their grit, effort, and determination increases resiliency and leads to increased performance.

Anti-Bullying: (Add SPS Prevention and Intervention Plan, 2014)
Scituate Public Schools provides age-appropriate instruction on bullying prevention in each grade that is incorporated into the school’s curricula.  Effective instruction on bullying prevention includes classroom approaches, whole school initiatives, and focused strategies for bullying prevention and social skill development.  See the Scituate Public Schools Prevention and Intervention Plan, 2014 for more information on specific policies and procedures for reporting and responding to bullying and retaliation.  

Internet Resources:
https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/index.html
http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-and-resources/parents-page/