Guide to Guidance and SEL Programs at Ardsley Middle School
The middle school years are a time of significant change for our students both emotionally and physically. Our guidance and SEL programs focus on the individual well-being of our students as it relates to their social, emotional and academic development. This includes helping students with decision making, effective communication and self-management skills. We use a proactive approach to support every child as he/she navigates the middle school years.
AMS Program Highlights
- Guidance classes are given to all 5th and 6th grade students every other day, for one quarter of the year. Topics may include decision-making, friendship issues, conflict resolution, and harassment.
- No Place For Hate is a program for improving and maintaining school climate so all students can thrive. The program has a variety of activities which promote unity and respect, celebrates and encourages diversity and does not tolerate bullying, name-calling or other expressions of bias.
- Challenge Success and CASEL: Ardsley Middle School has partnered with Stanford University and CASEL to develop a comprehensive SEL strategy and plan. AMS has kick-off a school-wide student survey to gather information about school engagement, homework, academic integrity, physical health, parent expectations and other categories. Using the CASEL framework, AMS will review the Challenge Success results and determine the implications for instruction.
Other Examples of Highlighted Initiatives and Programs for students
- New Student Groups and Buddy Program: Group sessions designed to support social, emotional and academic needs of students new to the district. New students are paired with a buddy to support them through the transition.
- Random Acts of Kindness Week: Special activities to foster a more positive and kind middle school environment.
- Special Assemblies: Engaging presentations which focus on social and emotional awareness.
- DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) skills group: Focus on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal relationship skills.
Other Examples of Highlighted Initiatives and Programs for families and parents
- New Family Orientation
- Parent Teacher Conferences
- Information sessions related to transition from 4th grade and to 6/7 grade
- Parent Workshops on DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
- Coffee with Counselors
For a complete list of our district's Guidance and SEL programs, please review the AUFSD School Counseling-Guidance Plan and scroll to the sections organized by a written introduction as well as a K-12 Grid of curriculum elements aligned to standards.