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Social and Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Centennial Academy

According  to the Collaborative of Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Social and Emotional Learning(SEL) is defined as is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

To incorporate a whole-child approach, SEL will be embedded in every aspect of learning at Centennial Academy. The introduction of new skills as well as the practice of those skills will occur during our Crew/SEL block in the morning, between 8:00-8:25 AM. We will utilize the EL Education framework, the Empowering Education curriculum and the Leader in Me framework to guide the lessons used during our Crew/SEL block. In addition to teaching new skills and information, we will create time for scholars to learn and discuss current events happening around the world. 

 

In the Crew/SEL block, scholars will learn traits that they are expected to exhibit at Centennial Academy. In addition, they will also learn habits to be successful individuals in the world. Scholars will learn to distinguish the difference between traits and habits. Throughout the year, scholars will understand that habits are repeated practices and traits are innate. By practicing the habits, overtime our scholars will innately exhibit the character traits that make them a HERO. By the end of the school year, our SEL approach will allow scholars to become stronger leaders and exhibit self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

 

H.E.R.O. Affirmation 

It is our expectation that scholars will begin to use this acronym of H.E.R.O. to guide their experience at Centennial Academy. These traits will be exposed to scholars throughout the instructional day in various ways to make sure they clearly understand what our expectations are for them.

 

H.E.R.O.

I am Helpful

I am Engaged

I am Responsible

I am Open-Minded

 

EL Education & Crew

Centennial Academy has partnered with the EL Education model to help increase scholar achievement as defined by mastery of knowledge and skills, character and high-quality student work. As a part of our adoption of EL Education, we will be utilizing a process titled Crew. Crew is designed to create a safe and supportive environment for staff and scholars that fosters trust, honesty, openness and vulnerability to help build meaningful relationships. Scholars will be assigned to a crew session with a designated staff member. During this time, scholars will engage in activities where they will be expected to respond to discussion prompts, share their experiences, and listen and respond to others experiences. Crew will take place each morning from 8:00-8:25 AM. Click Here to learn more!

 

Empowering Education:

Empowering Education is a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that aims to teach scholars to create healthy, positive relationships with self and others while striving to make positive contributions to society. This curriculum provides classroom lessons based off of the five core competencies of SEL created by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) which are self-awareness, responsible decision-making, social awareness, self-management, and relationship skills. At Centennial Academy, scholars will be exposed to one lesson topic per week. At the beginning of the week, scholars will be introduced to a topic and taught certain skills related to that topic. During the remainder of the week, scholars will be engaged in various activities and discussions to further enhance their knowledge of the weekly topic. In order to provide opportunities for discussions across different grade levels, each grade will focus on the same topic each week. In addition to classroom activities, materials will be sent home with scholars to ensure that the learning is continued beyond the classroom. Our goal is that this will provide a chance for families to discuss what scholars are learning in school and provide scholars will opportunities to practice their skills. Some weekly topics include: Mindfulness, Building Relationships, Coping Skills, Listening, Gratitude, Decision Making, Self- Talk, Conflict Resolution, and Perspective-Taking. Click here to learn more!

 

The Leader in Me

The Leader in Me (LiM) is Franklin Covey's approach to supporting the whole child.  It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to scholars and creates a culture of scholar empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.  LiM is an evidence-based, comprehensive-school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers scholars with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive.  The framework provides a unique approach to integrating highly effective practices throughout a school’s culture. Scholars will use LiM as one of the resources to track their academic, character and leadership development throughout the year. Click here to learn more!

 

7 Habits

 

Habit

Name

Definition

Habit 1

Be Proactive

I am Responsible. I take initiative. 

Habit 2

Begin with the End Mind

I plan ahead and set goals. 

Habit 3

First Things First

I spend my time on things that are most important.

Habit 4

Think Win-Win

When conflicts arise, I look for alternatives. 

Habit 5

Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

I listen to other’s ideas and feelings. 

Habit 6

Synergize

I work cooperatively with others. 

Habit 7

Sharpen the Saw

I take care of myself. 

 

If you have questions or concerns related to the Social Emotional Learning at Centennial Academy, please reach out to:

 

LiveSchool 

LiveSchool is an online tool that helps create and maintain a positive learning environment. Centennial Academy uses this platform to track scholars daily behavior progress. Scholars and families can see in real time how many points scholars earn/lose during the day based on their efforts of exhibiting HERO habits, traits and school expectations. Families and teachers will be able to communicate through the app or website of their scholar’s daily behavior.

Incentives

Teachers will have class based incentive structures in their virtual classes. LiveSchool will be our school-wide incentive tracking system. 

LiveSchool points can be earned for the following but not limited to: attendance, uniform, participation, being prepared and demonstrating H.E.R.O trait.Each week scholars who earn at least 50 points will earn a prize or an invitation to attend a virtual activity. Scholars who earn a minimum of 150 points by the end of the month will also be recognized school-wide with a prize

Scholar are able to:

View points daily 

Reflect on opportunities to increase their points

Scholars will have the opportunity to earn points by being in uniform, attending class, class participation, etc.

Family Support 

 

If you have questions or concerns related to the Live School system at Centennial Academy, please reach out to:

 

School Counseling Program

 

Welcome to the Counseling Department at Centennial Academy! The goal of our department is to provide a comprehensive developmental school counseling program for our K-8 scholars. As counselors, we work to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students. We do this in developmentally appropriate ways that enable personal growth and academic success. Our efforts in these areas for our students are a part of a collaborative model that includes our parents, teachers and administrators, in the process. Our mission is to inspire all students to develop their individual potential to become life-long learners who are college and career ready citizens in our diverse and changing world.

 

Below you will find a list of the emails, phone numbers and office hours for our counseling staff. Please feel free to reach out to your counselors as needed

 

Counselors office hours will be by appointment Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm.

 

Mrs. Whitfield K-5 Counselor

Email: jwhitfield@centennialacademycharter.org

Phone: (770)-676-2866

 

Mr. Lloyd 6-8 Counselor

Email: blloyd@centennial.academy

Phone: (770)-835-5310

 

Google Classroom Code: d617r4z

 

If you would like your scholar to speak to one of our counselors, please complete the Counseling/Social Work Referral Form.

 

Resources

Centennial Academy Mental Health Providers


Virtual Calm Room

 

Counseling with Pathways Transitions Programs, Inc. 

 

APS Mental Health Resources

 

Critical Needs Guide

 

Grady Healthy Living Resource Guide