Dear Wheelock Families,
As we embark on another year, I want to share some information that may be of interest. You may know that the Middle School and High school are quite invested in the Challenge Success program. The Challenge Success program Challenge Success partners with schools, families, and communities to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning. I believe that student success begins by laying a strong foundation. That foundation begins in the youngest of grades. As we work through parenting we need to accept that success looks different for different students.
Please read Challenge Success' Vision of success:
We know that every child has his or her own story and path to success. We believe that kids come with a wide variety of interests, skills, capacities, and talents. They need love, support, limits, and a safe environment to develop their full potential. This process of growing up is slow, deliberate, and often unpredictable, and therefore requires that kids have the time and energy needed to mature into resilient, caring, and purposeful adults. Challenge Success recognizes that our current fast-paced, high-pressure culture works against much of what we know about healthy child development and effective education. The overemphasis on grades, test scores, and rote answers has stressed out some kids and marginalized many more. We all want our kids to do well in school and to master certain skills and concepts, but our largely singular focus on academic achievement has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life—the ability to be independent, adaptable, ethical, and engaged critical thinkers. Our work helps to foster learners who are healthy, motivated, and prepared for the wide variety of tasks they will face as adults.
Here are some elementary parent tips that may help you raise well-balanced kids.
Jessica Minahan Presentation
A Presentation by Jessica Minahan
On February 6th, Jessica Minahan will visit Medfield Public Schools. In the morning, Jessica will present to parents on student anxiety and stress. She will present to elementary teachers later in the day.
Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems. She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.
Jessica Minahan is brought to Medfield through an MCPE grant written by your elementary principals and a donation from Medfield Talks. The MCPE also will be providing elementary teachers with the book, The Behavior Code. Elementary principals plan a book club to address strategies designed to assist our students. Thank you!
We look forward to working with Jessica Minahan and hope you are able to attend.
Jessica’s book, The Behavior Code will be available for purchase at Park Street Books.
For more information and for parents, to R.S.V.P please click here.
This week grade 2 students enjoyed another wonderful presentation through Passport Club, our after school enrichment program. This program has been facilitated by Wendi Ayer, Kim Price, Campbell and Avery Ayer, and other student volunteers. this program also comes to you through an MPCE grant. This month's the club welcomed Martina Leger who presented on Germany,. Thank you so much! It was wonderful!