Crew & Social-Emotional Development

“The more a piece of information is repeated or relearned, the stronger the neurons become, and the connection becomes like a well-worn path through the woods...the more frequently and the more recently we learn something and then recall it or use it again, the more entrenched the knowledge”

  • Frances Jense, MD The Teenage Brain


The habit of the month for September is Executive Skills.  As you have likely gathered, explicitly teaching Executive Skills to Middle Schoolers is pertinent to their growth and success.  We hope you can find ways to reinforce our instruction around responsibility, time management, impulse control, and organization at home.  Students will be working on Executive Skill lessons during crew, and receive an additional 15 minutes a day focusing on organization and planning after Block 3.    

Here are a few resources for you regarding Executive Skill development:

Social skill development

Each month, middle school students are focusing on particular social skills, and will be taught these social skills within their crews.  We appreciate any support in helping to reinforce these skills. 

6th Grade:

Participating in Discussions

  1. Look at the person who is speaking

  2. Wait until others are done talking before sharing

  3. Raise your hand or wait your turn to share

  4. Look at the audience and speak clearly

  5. Share something related to the topic


Being Honest

  1. Openly report responsibility for any problem behavior

  2. Respond truthfully and completely when asked about problem or behavior; do not omit details or important facts

7th Grade

Being On Time

  1. Gather materials and belongings quickly

  2. Go directly to class

  3. Greet teacher when you arrive

  4. Check in and join the routine immediately

  5. If late, apologize and accept the consequence

Second step

All middle schoolers are working through their first unit within Second Step - Mindset & Goals.  Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply it to their social and academic lives.

Family Discussion Prompts:

Ask your child to describe their own personality.  Describe how you see them, how their personalities have changed, and the good that can come from that. 

Ask your child about an adult they have met at school that they connect with.  Tell them about an adult who has impacted your life growing up. 

Ask your child if there is something new they would like to try, even if they are scared. Share something new you would like to try.