December 2018 Principal Message

Posted in Principal's Message

A great deal of research over the last several decades has demonstrated the benefits of social and emotional skills.  Classrooms function more effectively and student learning increases when children have the skills to focus their attention, manage negative emotions, navigate relationships and persist in the face of difficulty.  

Children who can effectively manage their thinking, attention, and behavior are also more likely to have better grades and demonstrate higher academic understanding. Those with strong social skills are more likely to make and sustain friendships and engage in learning.  

Edgemont students participate in a daily Morning Meeting to help merge social, emotional and intellectual learning.  Morning Meeting sets the tone for respectful learning and establishes an environment of trust.  The tone and climate of Morning Meeting extend beyond the meeting.  Morning Meeting motivates children by addressing two human needs:  the need to feel a sense of significance and belonging, and the need to have fun!  Morning Meetings help us start our day in a positive way.