K-5 Social Emotional Learning

The Importance of Social Emotional Learning in Our Elementary Schools

As a partner in your child’s education, Sparta Area Schools wants to inform parents about the programs and services we offer to support your student’s social and emotional health and well-being. 

Sparta Area Schools is actively implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in our elementary schools. SEL skills and concepts like respecting differences, managing feelings, and conflict resolution are key elements in K-5 child development and are an integral part of human development. Social Emotional Learning promotes academic achievement by raising test scores and reducing anxiety and distress in students. 

This page serves as a parent resource to inform and educate - it not only will help you better understand what SEL is, but will provide great resources and tools to help develop students both inside and outside of the classroom.

What is SEL?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development.  SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

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Both Ridgeview and Appleview Elementary schools have access to a wealth of support and resources to support the social and emotional well-being of our students. From programs like Kids Have Rights and Capturing Kids’ Hearts to counseling, Special Education Services, and access to Toast, the comfort dog, we have the means to wholly educate and care for your child.

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Rude Behavior
Rude behavior is inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone. Usually unplanned and without thought, and not always meant to hurt. There are positive responses we use in the classroom and ways to support your student at home when dealing with rude behavior.

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Mean Behaviors

Mean behavior is purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone, and may be motivated by anger or the misguided goal of propping themselves up by putting someone down. Not repetitive, but once or twice. Learn about how we respond to these behaviors in the classroom and strategies to curb this behavior at home.

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Bullying is described as intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. Usually absent of regret or remorse, this behavior leaves victims feeling powerless and fearful. Learn more about effective ways to respond to bullying.

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