Morningside Elementary School implements two APS-wide initiatives in our school - a Social Emotional Learning curriculum and the No Place for Hate® program.
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.
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.
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.
*Teachers, when downloading each week, please make a copy*
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!
Clara Van Curen
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!
Millie Byrd Roberts
Daniela Aguilar Gomez
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!
Since 2015 APS has implemented the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate® initiative District-wide.
Each year all APS schools, including MES, participate in programs around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying.
Programs at MES will take place in December, February and April.
No Place for Hate® program 1: Kindness Graffiti
On Thursday, December 9, MES students took part in the first No Place for Hate® program. All students took part in a lesson on kindness and then proceeded outside to decorate our school with "kindness graffiti" using sidewalk chalk. Families joined in the outdoor graffiti sessions making for a truly unforgettable day!
*More information will be added to this page with details on the upcoming No Place for Hate® programs scheduled in 2022.*
The No Place for Hate® Pledge
Another key component of No Place for Hate® is rallying our entire school around the program - making a commitment to make MES No Place for Hate.