Eckstein Wellness Department
August 31, 2021 Message:
These last 18 months of school, under the pandemic, have been challenging to say the least. We have no idea what our students or families or staff have had to do to make it through. And, unfortunately, it’s not over. Though we are returning to school with great hope (we’ll call tragic optimism) we are not out of the woods with this virus. Providing our learning community, a strong foundation of support for wellbeing is essential.
This year our newly formed Wellness Department, in collaboration with Eckstein ASB and BLT will be leading our holistic social emotional learning. Our goal is to create a space for the development of common expressive language for thoughts and feelings in our school. And to provide students, staff, and families the time to learn/practice/apply this language.
Wellness Department Goal
The goal of the Wellness Department is to support the equitable access to resources and skills that support the healthy development of the mind, body, and spirit.
- Mind = cognition and thinking – includes academic learning and growth, recognizing thoughts, and building an awareness and understanding of emotion information.
- Body = physical wellbeing, mental health, and the awareness of and support with recognizing and interacting with changes in physiology
- Spirit = the desire for expression and the choice of expression, includes the awareness of others and the skills necessary to see oneself as both individual and part of a group and groups. (note – the choice of expression in schools is often referred to as “behavior”)
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
We will be using an SEL theme each month to provide specific context for our learning.
- Equity & Equality
- Perseverance & Resilience
- Explanatory Style
With support and guidance from the Wellness Dept. Head Bryan Manzo and ASB teacher Joia Poort, students will create a weekly podcast that introduces new skills and language for understanding how skills of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, social management, self-efficacy, and social engagement provide people an avenue for recognizing and interacting with thoughts and feelings.
Under the leadership of Wellness Dept. School Nurse Christie Morrison we will be administering the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to 6th and 8th graders in October. We will be administering the SBIRT for 7th graders in November.
Our holistic SEL lens is an essential part of ensuring every student has equitable access to learning and supports that are necessary for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Naviance at Eckstein
During the second half of January 2020, Counselors are visiting the history classrooms to deliver a lesson on Naviance. Naviance is the district’s online tool for students in grades 6th through 12th to explore colleges and career paths, analyze skills and talents with career and personality assessments and help stay on track to reach academic goals. The district provides curriculum at each grade level to encourage students to take advantage of this great resource. All the surveys and assessments that students complete are saved within their Naviance profile until they complete high school. Naviance can be accessed through the school district website.
Through the 6th grade Naviance presentation students will gain an understanding of why additional training is important for future success. Students will learn how information being learned in school (middle and high) can help reach post-secondary goals. Sixth graders will have an opportunity to reflect on the skills they are good at, activities they enjoy, and personal qualities they have to help explore careers they might enjoy in the future.
Building on the 6th grade lesson lesson, students will complete the “Career Key Survey,” where they will be asked about their interests and matched with possible careers based on their answers. Students should be bringing home a worksheet on which they list a few careers that interest them, some facts about those careers, and connections between school and career goals.
In preparation for the transition to high school, 8th graders take a “Learning Styles Inventory” to identify the ways in which they learn best so that they can tailor their studying techniques to be most efficient and most beneficial.
24 Hour Crisis Line
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Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Consultation
206-987-2000 (ask for on-call Psych consult)
206-987-8899 RN Triage
Sound Mental Health
Community Psychiatric Clinic
NAVOS Mental Health Center
45th Street Medical Clinic
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