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District Fall Activities and More About Social-Emotional Learning

November 3, 2023

Dear Clipper Families,

Autumn is a beautiful time of year and we have so many wonderful things happening in our schools: fall sports (Girls Volleyball, Girls Field Hockey and Girls Soccer teams are all in the playoffs - Go Clippers!), marching band, field trips, cultural events, honor societies, and after school activities such as Lego Club, Arts & Crafts, Dance, GSA, Yearbook, Robotics, Best Buddies, Ecology Club, and Math Team just to name a few. Our high school students will perform in the first play of the year, You Can’t Take it With You and our elementary students will soon run in the VIPS Elementary Track Meet.

School-related activities help strengthen students’ social-emotional growth and well-being. We also specifically address social-emotional learning through our morning circles, the Bridge program, Hope Squad, Calmer Choice, Resilient Youth, and through our school counseling program which includes student group work like social skills and lunch bunches and a variety of school-based activities around kindness, respect, and relationships.

The FPS Administrative Team spent some time exploring ways to make social-emotional learning (SEL) more understandable to families who may be unfamiliar with the concept. The team decided the best way to illustrate what SEL looks like is to provide concrete examples from our schools. Please visit our SEL website for three examples and for a brief overview of all the opportunities, please see our SEL infographic.

The Clipper Experience includes our unwavering commitment to the social-emotional development of every student.

Lori S. Duerr, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools