Healthy Learning Initiatives (HLI)
Our district is committed to ensuring that all of our students have a safe, healthy, and enriching educational experience. In addition to academic instruction, we also provide students at all grade levels with access to curriculum that promotes healthy living initiatives. These curriculums help our students learn and apply skills such as self-management, self-awareness, relationship building and responsible decision-making. When students acquire these skills personally and collectively, they develop healthy identities, manage their emotions, and achieve goals. In the Monroe County School District, we utilize three curriculums for our Healthy Learning Initiatives: Second Step, Purpose Prep and Classroom Champions. We also offer supplemental learning in specific areas related to personal safety and violence prevention through Safer Smarter Kids, Signs of Suicide, Say Something, and Start with Hello.
Studies Weekly Well-Being is a life skills curriculum for students in grades K-5. It is a CASEL aligned curriculum to help teach and support a growth mindset, empathy, and resilience.
Students in grades 6-12 receive the Purpose Prep curriculum delivered by their classroom teachers. Students access Purpose Prep via their chromebooks, watch the video lessons independently, then engage in a teacher-led class discussion. Lessons occur weekly and are approximately 20-30 minutes. Lessons cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to, bullying prevention (includes cyber-bullying), stress management, healthy self-esteem, substance abuse prevention, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, positive speaking, appreciating the value in others, building healthy friendships, and accepting and taking responsibility.
We partnered with Classroom Champions in order to bring our healthy living initiatives to a whole new level. Classroom Champions consists of eight units that are brought to life by the journey and mindset of Olympic and Para-Olympic athletes. The eight units are delivered directly by the athletes themselves and are connected to their personal story of success through healthy living. The units are goal setting, leadership, community, healthy living, perseverance, optimism, emotions, and feedback.
HLI Supplemental Programs
Safer Smarter Kids is a prevention program that delivers appropriate developmental information to teach them the tools and language they need to protect themselves from abuse. There are four to eight lessons depending on grade level and each lesson is taught in the classroom by the school counselor.
Grades 7 & 10
Signs of Suicide is a one day, one lesson, suicide prevention training delivered by our school counselors. This thirty-minute lesson teaches students about the relationship between depression and suicide, and encourages them to seek help from a trusted adult if they have concerns about themselves or someone else.
Say Something is a prevention program developed by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. The purpose of this program is to get help for individuals before they hurt themselves or someone else. During the Say Something call to action week, usually the first week in March, all students in grades 6-12 receive training from the school’s SAVE Promise Club teacher leader and student members. Students are taught the following three-step prevention process: 1) to recognize warning signs, signals and threats, 2) to take it seriously, and 3) to tell someone. This program kicks off with a week of school-wide activities and then the SAVE Promise club works to ensure the message of this program is continued for the remainder of the year.
Start with Hello is another prevention program developed by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. The purpose of this program is to combat social isolation, which has been associated with suicide and violent behavior. During the Start with Hello call to action week, usually the last week of September, all students in grades K-12 receive training from the school’s SAVE Promise Club teacher leader and student members. Students are taught to notice when someone is alone, reach out and help, and to start with hello. The program kicks off with a week of school-wide activities and then the SAVE Promise Club works to ensure the message of this program is continued for the remainder of the year.