Badging is a K-12 initiative in the Canastota School District. K-3 students can earn badges for Kindness, Respect, Fairness, Responsibility, Honesty, & Acceptance. Older students can earn digital badges by acquiring new skills and working in the community.
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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. Click here to learn more about PBIS.
Social emotional learning (SEL) programming at the K-3 level focuses on introducing and practicing age-appropriate individual and interpersonal skills. SEL encourages students to practice self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making strategies in their classroom, school, home, and community. Counselor-led SEL classroom instruction is presented through a variety of methods including digital programming through Second Step and direct teaching of the core characteristics: kindness, respect, responsibility, fairness, and acceptance.
In Canastota Schools, we subscribe to a number of social-emotional practices in grades K-12. Beginning at a young age, students are directly taught mindfulness activities such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing. All students have opportunities for social skills & group counseling to work on improving skills related to establishing and maintaining friendships, improving focus, regulating emotions, etc. Students also have the opportunity to learn conflict resolution skills to help them work through difficult situations.
Elementary students participate in daily morning greetings where the staff welcomes them at the door each day. RSES students have opportunities to participate in a variety of activities ranging from health & wellness to hobbies. Some of the clubs include The Creativity Club, Animal Lovers Club & Wellness Club. At the JSHS, there is a Chess Club, Book Club, Mathletics, Science Olympiad, and Adrenaline Junkies among others.
Roberts Street students took a career survey to identify strengths and possible career paths. For college and career readiness, students meet with their counselor and parent or guardian to discuss a four-year high school plan. Eighth graders also take a field trip to BOCES to tour the facilities to determine interests for future BOCES program options in their Junior and Senior years.
High School students have opportunities to meet with college and military recruiters. They also work closely with counselors to identify available college scholarships and assist with completing college applications.
Roberts Street and Junior Senior High School students participate in the Positivity Project. This character education program aims to develop student character strengths through interactive teacher-led daily lessons. Students in grades 4 - 8 are recognized for demonstrating positive character strengths through student recognition awards.