The Craig School: 10 Tower Hill Rd | Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 | Phone 973.334.1295 | Fax 973.334.1299 | Email

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM

General Information. The Social Skills Development Program is comprised of a number of components including: the Social Behavior Program which is based on a weekly “behavior points” accumulation system; the Communication Enhancement Program, a school-wide, direct weekly and semimonthly classroom instructional program for grades 3 to 5 and grades 6 to 8. The program also includes student group and social coaching as well as semimonthly homeroom mentoring groups with teachers all under the supervision of the clinical team. There are special activity weeks and school-wide assembly programs to support selected character education themes. Information about the program is provided to all Craig School families and students at the beginning of the school year.

Social Behavior Program. The Social Behavior Program is based on the principles of positive behavior reinforcement and a reward system. All students have the opportunity to earn “Craig points” for homework, class work and appropriate social behavior both in and outside of the classroom. Points are “banked” each day and accumulated for the week, month and year.

Students are expected to behave in a manner that shows consideration of others, good judgment and polite cooperation. When patterns of disruptive and/or inappropriate behavior occur, disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the guidelines established by the Craig School.

Friday Clubs. As a part of The Craig School’s Social Skills Development Program, all students participate in an hour-long Friday afternoon club period. The 3rd, 4th and 5th periods on Friday are shortened to allow a club time from 1:40 pm to 2:40 pm. Clubs are selected on a six-week rotation basis. Students select the club of their choice during homeroom time. Among the possible selections are: Computer Club, Arts and Crafts, Science, Sports, Photography, Cooking and Candy Making and Drama. Any student who has not earned club time during the week will spend the hour in a Friday afternoon help group. Club privilege is earned on a weekly basis.

Honor Roll. Assemblies for students achieving Platinum, Gold and Silver levels are held each month. These levels are based on the student’s ability to meet educational and behavioral expectations rather than grades. An awards assembly is held at the end of the year to acknowledge those students who have earned Platinum Level every month of the year.

Mentors. Once a week each student confers with an assigned faculty mentor who acts as both counselor and liaison between the school and parents when questions or concerns about school-related issues arise. The mentor is the student’s homeroom teacher who leads the homeroom group in weekly Friday social skills mentoring and organizational activities.

A peer leadership/mentor program, under the supervision of the school psychologist and clinician, involves 8th grade students in various activities with the younger students both in and outside the classroom. Peer leaders serve as activity organizers during special events and work with the younger students in the classroom under the supervision of a teacher. Peer leaders meet with the school psychologist and clinician weekly to discuss the responsibilities of being a mentor to younger students in the school.

Craig Adventure Cards and Badger Trading Cards. Students in grades 3 to 5 who demonstrate positive social behaviors are rewarded with Craig Adventure cards which display a variety of imaginative clip art and student-drawn action figures demonstrating desirable social behaviors. Students may trade their cards to complete the Journey to Castle Craig, an imaginative story and board game of challenges and dangers. The first three students to complete the journey are rewarded at the end of the year. A card design contest also creates interest and excitement in the Adventure Card Program. Students in grades 6 to 8 who demonstrate positive social behaviors are rewarded with Craig Badger cards which earn them entry to a Badger Brunch approximately every four to six weeks. The Badger Brunch is a time for middle school students to socialize and enjoy some “down time” and to put their earned cards into a raffle for a prize. Students in grades 6 to 8 also earn Gold Cards for extraordinary social behavior which gives them a special privilege every four to six weeks.

Social Communication Enhancement. Students in grades 3 to 5 participate weekly in a Character Development activity led by a member of the clinical team and a teacher during a portion of class time. These lessons are organized as interactive community circles involving dialogues, skits, digital media and skill steps. All activities of the Social Skills Development program are integrated into the general culture of the school. A letter, which accompanies each new lesson, is sent home in order to encourage generalization of peer social skills to everyday interactions at home as well as at school.

 

 

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