The Positive Culture Committee is made up of teachers and parents and strives to build our students’ civic and social-emotional skills while providing a safe, nurturing and caring environment throughout the school and community. The goal is for Micheltorena Elementary to be a caring community where all children and their families are respected, appreciated, and included and participate for the betterment of their school and community.
Children learn best when they are confident in their social skills and secure in their ability to comfortably interact with others. Teamwork, self-regulation and critical thinking are at the top of the list of needed skills for 21st Century learners. The Positive Culture approach seeks to actively foster these skills while promoting each child’s sense of self-worth and budding social independence.
By providing tools and effective modeling at all grade levels, we engage the entire school community – teachers, staff, parents, and involved community members – in guiding students to discover inner strengths, solve problems constructively, and make more effective decisions.
Our goal is ensure that all children at Micheltorena have ongoing learning experiences in elementary school that they will carry into Middle School and beyond, empowering them with self-confidence, empathy, and the ability to communicate effectively with others.
Some of the structures and policies in place to ensure a safe and caring environment for our students include:
- Best Behavior Handbook – This handbook contains the behavior expectations for all areas in our school
- Lesson Plans created by teachers for teachers to teach the behavior expectations for all areas in our school
- A yearly schedule for teachers to teach the behavior expectations that focuses on one area each week
- A monthly focus on social/emotional skills to explicitly teach the skills students will need to be successful as they move on to middle school, high school, and the workforce
- The Peace Path – A conflict resolution strategy that teaches students to solve their own problems with peers
- School-wide and Individual Incentives – The Golden Eagle Tickets are given to students and classes for modeling the positive behaviors outlined in the Best Behavior Handbook. Students and classes redeem these tickets for prizes and other rewards.
- Ongoing parent learning and support opportunities that parallel the Positive Culture Curriculum parents in reinforcing these skills within their families.