At Thompson Elementary, we are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment that fosters not only academic growth but also the personal development of our students. Our school focus this year centers on three key areas identified during a scan of various data: improving student self-regulation skills, addressing concerns about inappropriate language, and enhancing feelings of belonging and positive self-concept.
- Enhancing Student Self-Regulation Skills and Goal Setting: We believe that self-regulation is a fundamental skill that empowers students to be in control of their learning and day to day responsibilities. Through a comprehensive approach, we aim to teach students how to set meaningful goals, manage their time effectively, and persevere in the face of challenges. By providing students with the tools and strategies to self-regulate, we are helping them become more independent and resilient learners, preparing them for success both inside and outside the classroom. Professional learning will focus on Self Regulation Strategies and Executive Functioning Strategies (from the work of Nancy Perry and Sara Ward)
- Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Environment with a particular focus on strength based language: We recognize the importance of promoting a culture of respect and empathy within our school. We have identified a concern about the use of put-downs and inappropriate language among our students. To address this, we are implementing proactive measures such as weekly intentional acts of kindness that encourage the use of positive and respectful language on and off the playground. We will provide guidance and support to foster an environment where everyone feels safe and valued.
- Increasing Feelings of Belonging and Improving Students' Positive Self-Concept: A sense of belonging is crucial for student well-being and academic success. We are committed to creating a school community where every student feels like they are an integral part of our family. Through initiatives like Student Council, buddy classes, parent education, and a school wide focus on belonging and kindness that promotes inclusivity, peer support, and a strong sense of community, we aim to enhance students' positive self-concept and overall well-being. By nurturing these aspects, we will empower students to not only believe in their abilities but also to celebrate their unique qualities.