You guys remember your three steps for calming down? We’re hyper focused on academics. But if we want to look at the whole child, we also have to help them with grit, with resilience, with perseverance. We need to strengthen our ability to rebound from difficult situations. You are not alone, ever. No one ever talks about learning social skills or learning skills for controlling your emotions or how to handle a situation better. But that comes up almost every day. Students overall, struggling with with who they are, and whether or not they’re okay with who they are, and how to fit in and and everything else. Some of those things haven’t changed, but social media provides some additional challenges that we may not have had years ago. Write down some of the things that stress you out as teens. If we can help everybody to understand their emotions better and everybody to control their their emotions, everybody to to feel more empathic, then there are going to be less problems. The trajectories of their lives are just going to be happier all the time. Students are supported in a vast array of programs here in Suffern Central. We start with things like Second Step and Owelus, PBIS, the code of conduct. One of the goals that we identified with our strategic planning process over the last few years, was to address the social-emotional learning needs of our students and we were very fortunate this year to be accepted into the Yale EI Institute. The Yale Emotional Intelligence Institute that we’ve joined is going to give us the ability to have a common language and a common program across K through 12 So in addition to all of the different programs that are targeted to specific age groups, specific students needs, this program is targeted to all students, all age groups, all needs. It’s going to be the piece that really can fan out across all of the levels. The program is about providing students and faculty the opportunity to identify emotions, and then tame those emotions, work with their emotions, so that they’re more regulated. When students are able to feel a change in their emotions, this training will help the student to identify that, and then for us as educators to help channel that in a very positive way. Instead of being reactive, we want to be proactive. The more regulated a student feels, the more aware of their emotions and more able they are to use them for themselves, the better off they will be in learning. If we can instill and incorporate and strengthen in our students, we think that they’ll be successful long term.