Course Description:
  The Self-science program is an emotional/social literacy curriculum that threads our school's philosophy and mission of promoting self-reflection, core values and ethical behavior.  In the Middle School, the Choices Class (6th grade) and the Health Class (7th grade) meet once  a rotation. The 8th grade Self Science occurs in different workshops through the year. The Middle School Counselor works closely with teachers to provide a structured, consistent, and safe space for discussing or doing activities related to social/emotional growth.
In valuing the many paths of learning, the teaching methods include discussions, art, music, literature, role-plays, group projects, debates, reflection and journaling.

The planned activities provide opportunities for students to develop specific life skills and coping strategies within the areas studied.
Core SEL Skills
Self Awareness
Identifying Emotions- accurately identify/label one's feelings

2. Recognize strengths- Identify and cultivate one's strengths and maintain a well-grounded sense of self-confidence 

Self Management
1. Manage emotions- Regulate feelings to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere to overcome obstacles. Express emotions appropriately so they aid, rather than impede the handling of situations.
2. Goal setting- set and monitor progress toward personal and academic situations.

Relationship Skills

1. Communication- Use verbal and nonverbal skills to express oneself and promote positive and effective exchanges with others
2. Building Relationships- Establish and maintain healthy and rewarding connections with individuals and groups
3. Negotiation- Achieving mutually satisfactory resolutions to conflict by addressing the needs of all concerned
4. Refusal- Effectively convey and follow through with one's decision not to engage in unwanted, unsafe, unethical or unlawful conduct

Responsible Decision Making

1. Analyze situations- Accurately perceive situations in which a decision is to be made and assess factors that might influence one's response
2. Assume Personal Responsibility- Make decisions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others and likely consequences of various actions.
3. Respect others- Believe that others deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion and feel motivated to contribute to the common good
4. Problem solving- Generate, implement and evaluate positive informed solutions to problems

Healthy Body: My body and my choices
1. Understanding adolescent development holistically
2. Identifying and promoting healthy decision making

Social Awareness

1. Perspective taking- identify and understand the thoughts and feelings of others and be able to empathize with others
2. Appreciate diversity- recognize and appreciate individual and group similarities and differences