“We believe that children learn academics most easily when they have strong social skills that let them take a positive role in classroom life.” From Meeker Elementary School letter to parents.
This acronym Meeker C.A.R.E.S is prominent on signs and posters all around Meeker Elementary School. It’s designed to reinforce social skills the school is fostering so students learn to build them into every aspect of their school day—from academics, recess and lunch, to entering and leaving the building and classrooms. It stands for:
Cooperation: working smoothly with others
Assertion: standing up for yourself and asking for help when you need it
Responsibility: being dependable and doing the things you need to do
Empathy: caring about how your words and actions affect other people
Self-control: thinking before acting
School and Family Counselor Kari Deal said Meeker C.A.R.E.S. blends Responsive Classroom and the school’s approach to Multi-tiered Systems of Support.
“Both practices speak to the importance of fostering social and emotional skills in individuals, thus aiding in the development of a safe classroom community,” Deal said.
Classroom teacher Ondrea Dellman said Meeker C.A.R.E.S has given the community of students, families and staff a common language for behavior standards.
“As a result, students have consistent guidelines about appropriate choices in their classroom, fine arts, and common areas—setting a foundation for their future in the world,” she said.
“Powerful opportunities occur when social and emotional learning is brought to the forefront,” Deal and Dellman said.
Meeker secretary Jessi Neilson said the behavior standards are already setting a positive tone for the new school year.
“It’s making e a big difference in our school community to have these expectations ingrained in a positive way.”