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Morningside Elementary School implements the Social Emotional Learning program, an Atlanta Public Schools district-wide initiative

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Through a comprehensive focus on SEL, Atlanta Public Schools is committed to the social, emotional, and academic development of students by connecting "hearts and smarts" as part of a systemic whole child framework.  APS also recognizes that building the capacity of adults to model SEL skills is at the core of teacher and leader excellence. APS uses the CASEL framework to inform its SEL programming in alignment with the district's strategic plan.
 
CASEL defines SEL as the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and  attitudes, to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020).

Social Emotional Learning supports the academic and life-readiness success of children. Integrated into the daily schedule, all students receive SEL utilizing the Second STEP Curriculum. All Counseling Classroom Instruction will support the SEL theme and competency of the corresponding month.

Click to learn more about APS's approach to SEL

SEL Books of the Month

APS SEL selects a book each month that is presented to all students across the entire District. The Book of the Month provides the anchor for discussion and activities in daily SEL lessons and in Counseling Instruction. 

Click to view monthly SEL Books of the Month

Thanks to the support of the MES Foundation and all of its parent donors, every MES classroom will be supplied with copies of every SEL Book of the Month.

Click to learn more about the MES Foundation

 

SEL Lesson Plans

APS mandates that all students receive 60 minutes of SEL instruction weekly. The District SEL department provides weekly lesson plans for teachers to implement in their SEL block daily. 

Click to view SEL Lesson Plans

*Teachers, when downloading each week, please make a copy* 

SecondSTEP Curriculum and the Child Protection Unit

August SEL Students of the Month

At the end of every month, teachers will nominate one student from their class that exhibited the SEL competency for that month. The month of August was all about BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. Congratulations to our SEL Students of the Month! 

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Kindergarten 

Savannah Lee

Lily Cooper

Parker Burton

Akshay Warrier

Joyce Lin

Amelia Meisel 

1st Grade

Jonathan Fiddes

Mason Poncz

Bethany Zant

Quinn Coffas

Riday Chauhan

Cameron Cobb

Jackson Krieger

2nd Grade

Viraj Khulbe

Jack Reiff

Grace Roach

Samuel Ross

Charlotte Curtis

Jonah Foreman

Caroline James

Kiala Law

3rd Grade 

Carter Fox

Joseph Clifton

Maddie Dublin

Sadie Baldwin

Eleanor Healy

Vivienne Pool

Cadence Carey

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4th Grade

John Hudson

Riya Hida

Gracie Farr

Darren Lieb

Henry DeBacker

Arjun Vaitla

5th Grade

Brendan Poirier

Julia Prout

Adelyn Freitag

Devon Crisler

Nate Little

Jordan Jackson-Stroud

September SEL Students of the Month

The SEL Theme for the month of September was Individuality and Positive Self-Concept. Students chosen for SEL Student of the Month demonstrated amazing self-awareness. Congratulations to our SEL Students of the Month! 

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Kindergarten 

Jackson Pratt

Lukas Bieg

Kit Parker

Bobby Ware

Avery Clendenin

Charles DeBacker

1st Grade

Blakeley Weinstein

Breelyn Simpson

Fletcher Morrison

Kiran Shankar

Ella Meisel

Olivia Lutz

Rose Griffin

2nd Grade

Illina Rangaraj

Virginia Franconi

Henry Decker

Sloan Thibodeau

Zoe Oster

Madison Smith

Lorenzo Gardner

Cullen Cadin

3rd Grade 

Jacob Clifton

Elizabeth O'Brien

Elizabeth McHenry

Faelan Andrews

Alexander Uwaezouke

Millie Byrd Roberts

Eloise Lippert

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4th Grade

Ava Bowman

August Kucek

James Moye

Theo LeDantec

Nora Tardelli

Maya Al-Bayati

5th Grade

Zacharey Mesbahi

Jacob Evans

Daniela Aguilar Gomez

Nathaniel Warner

Charlie Baldwin

Emma Stiedinger

October SEL Students of the Month

The SEL Theme for the month of October was Diversity and Acceptance. Students chosen for SEL Student of the Month demonstrated amazing self-awareness. Congratulations to our SEL Students of the Month! 

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Kindergarten 

Clara Van Curen

Oliver Ingley

Kaydence Carter

June Ravenel

Joyce Lin

William Franconi

1st Grade

Giselle Albury

Jackson Bowman

Clara Payne

Wyck Jones

Davis Townley

Leah Vece

Daniel Legum

2nd Grade

Isabella Holdsworth

Clarence Wang

Ryan Kisgen

James Pratt

Franny Fox

Rumi Qureshi

Catherine Bauer

Michaela Yurchenko

3rd Grade 

Millie Constant

Henry Baby

Ezra Duke

Reavey Bull

Parker Alexander

Owen Milam

Adam Richards

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5th Grade

Ariel Yurchenko

Norah Hutchins

Andres Nunez

Annika Goodman

Almila Kirbiyik

Isabella Atkin

4th Grade

Maybeth Rutherford

Keira Cobb

Rae Conlan

Khush Bhatia

Milo Chiecchio

Max Kozinn

November SEL Students of the Month

The SEL Theme for the month of November was Empathy. Students chosen for SEL Student of the Month demonstrated kindness in building relationships. Congratulations to our SEL Students of the Month! 

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Orson Misbach

Edwin Maldonado

South Baddour

Carsten Navarro

Izabel Bellmann

Nicholas Lenhart

May Kulinski

 Taylor McKinney

Luke Hernandez

Caroline Lumpkin

Aila Connor

Ian Kang

Kimberly Alvarez-Martinez

January SEL Students of the Month

The SEL Theme for the month of January was Courage. Students chosen for SEL Student of the Month demonstrated courage to overcome adversity, take risks and advocate for oneself. Congratulations to our SEL Students of the Month! 

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Kate Thomas

Madelyn Boorman

Justin Miller

Margaret Bell

Elliot Goran

Ingrid Azabamba Santiago

Lucas Cooper

Serafina Anthony

James Lester

Sariah Tapp

Rafael Alvarez Martinez

Evan Pressley

Hannah Gebara

Rowan Lightsey

Marley Winer

Arman Shpuza

Kennedy Hooper

Francine Emmanuel

Jace Grantham

February SEL Students of the Month

 The month of August was all about Problem Solving. Congratulations to our SEL Students of the Month! 

Kindergarten 

Emma Kate Ward

Jacob Okunoren

Miriam Shaw Smith

1st Grade

Theodore Ferrara

Victoria Baile

Will King

Sutton Siesky

Thomas Mac Marshall

2nd Grade

William Uwaezouke

Zoe Abhyankar

Natalya Moody

Annie Zhang

Maya Goldblum

Oliver Hoffmeyer

3rd Grade 

Cullen Hendrix

Jesse Ongopa

Beckett Herman

Charlotte Rogers

Camille Griggs

Nina McNeight

4th Grade

Luke Albert

Anand Sathy

James Moye

Ivy Allen

Charley Twombly

Heidi Hu

5th Grade

Max Quinn

Finn Brennan

Ishani Bhat

Adriano Espelosin

March SEL Students of the Month

 The month of March focused on Perserverance. Congratulations to our SEL Students of the Month! 

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1st Grade

Tristan Moore

Raphael Voraotsady

Mia Garcia

Hannah Al-Bayati

Amalia Maples

Kindergarten 

Zeinab Dabo

Violet Schneider

Wyatt Hund 

2nd Grade

Faiz Ali

Ellie Miningham

Colin Floyd

Nirvan Mukhopadhyay

Harlan Johnson

Ashley Gomez Rosales

Nicholas Mapen

3rd Grade 

Aarna Vaitla

Lucia McCullough

Lucy Brennan

Owen Coffas

Donta Kemp

Ardaan Schimmel

Kayla El-Deiry

4th Grade

Sam Toledo

Florie Low

Zain Qureshi

Avery Nelson-Iannelli

Zeynep Akchakodzha

5th Grade

Nicholas Esposito

Annabel Fox

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