Character Education Matters at HW Mountz School
This year the community of Mountz celebrates the theme, "Team Mountz". Under this theme students will be experiencing the value of teamwork as a skill for elevating achievement in academics, athletics, the arts, and citizenship. Parents will also be invited to join the Mountz Team by embracing a culture of communication and collaboration with teachers, administration, the Board of Education, and organizations, such as the PTA, Educational Foundation, and Booster Club to provide every opportunity to support students in meeting district and self-created goals. As part of this experience the whole Mountz Team is working together this year to build our life-long pro-social skills.
"For students to enter the community of responsible adults prepared for a diversity of social roles, they must possess critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as interpersonal sensitivity." (M.J. Elias and SE Tobias 1996)
In addition to our two school wide Service Projects, Hunger Challenge in the fall and Bike Safety Challenge in the spring, each homeroom will be required to organize their own Service Project. Each grade level band has been assigned a specific marking period. The project is entirely up to the classes to determine. It may involve the entire school, or be specific to the class.
Marking Period 1- Grades 6, 7 ,8
Marking Period 2 - Grades 3, 4, 5
Marking Period 3- Grades PreK, K, 1, 2
Pro-Social Skills Kick-Off Lessons for September and October-(NJ BAR FD) Lesson 1 - Recognizing Bullying and Normal Conflict Lesson 2 - Recognizing Passive, Aggressive and Assertive Behavior Lesson 6 - Conflict Resolution Steps: The Win/Win Guidelines
Pro-Social Skills Lessons for November through June - See Links Above
Grades PreK- 2- Stop and Think Curriculum & Bucket Filler
Grades 3-8- Social Decision-Making Curriculum
Responsive Classroom - See Link Above
This set of practices is embedded in our school schedule starting with a 20 minute Morning Meeting during homeroom and extending into the practices executed by teachers throughout their subject area teaching. For more information on the Responsive Classroom practices review this link