March Newsletter

Hello Families.  
Every year since 1990, Crocker has been fortunate enough to offer a team-building retreat program to our seventh grade students, before they move on to their final year as 8th graders.  The overall goal of the program has been to strengthen pro-social skills in our kids in order to build resiliency and help them to make good choices in their lives.  This will be especially important for the 7th graders to take part in as they will be “leading the charge” next year in fostering a positive school culture.

We were excited to have our 7th grade retreat on March 2nd.  Students participated in an Escape Room activity.  We worked with BreakoutIQ https://www.breakoutiq.com/escape-room-games/ to facilitate an escape room experience for our 7th graders.  The students were placed in groups of 5 to solve 8 puzzles. The name of the activity we did was called the Great American Escape.  The focus of this activity was to build community and foster positive relationships with peers.  

Students recently took a survey about this event to help us continue to create opportunities for our students.  More that 75% of the students enjoyed the retreat and gave excellent feedback on how to improve this event for next year.  If you have ideas or suggestions, please let me know!

This month our 7th graders are going through the application process for WEB.  We have over 95 students applying!  This program is growing and is a great way for our future 8th graders to take an active role in changing our school culture. If you have any questions about this process, please let me know. 

College Week will be held from March 19th to March 23rd.  During this week, staff and students will be showing their college pride.  There will be college questions on HTV daily and college "swag" given for right answers.  Each teacher will decorate their door with a different college.  This is always a fun week for staff and students.  

Crocker's Career day will take place on May 4th.  If you would like more information on this event, please let me know!

Thank you for all that you do to help Crocker.  I always like to end my newsletter with some links on things to help students.  Here are just a few articles about helping your child be kind.

http://www.today.com/parents/best-gift-20-ways-raise-kids-who-are-thoughtful-kind-t54511

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/child-mental-health-positivity-kindness_uk_58907cc0e4b0ce6c8c2cfb33


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/18/are-you-raising-nice-kids-a-harvard-psychologist-gives-5-ways-to-raise-them-to-be-kind/?utm_term=.ec3ad3835b73


http://micheleborba.com/empathic-kids/


http://micheleborba.com/10-tips-for-raising-moral-kids/

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