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District 203 Sessions Focus on Stress Management, Emotional Health of Students

The following information comes from a Naperville Community Unit School District 203 press release. 

There was a continuous message during the nine-month community engagement process Future Focus: We need to help our students manage stress and provide balance to their lives.

During 2013, Superintendent Dan Bridges launched a unique community engagement initiative that spanned nine months. The goal of Future Focus was to gather input from stakeholders to help shape the future direction of the school district.

One of the biggest concerns that emerged was the Social Emotional teaching and health of our students. “We heard from all segments of our community and this was a common theme – helping our students find balance,” said Superintendent Dan Bridges.

This is one of several engagement initiatives that will be offered in the future. Future Focus participants said there was a continuous desire to “educate, collaborate and communicate” on specific topics of interest.”

“We hope that this will be the first of several discussions that we as parents, teachers, community members and leaders can do to help ensure children live healthy, well-balanced lives,” he said. 

To begin a community dialog that allows parents and community members to learn from each other, the entire community is invited to Focus203: Social Emotional Health & Well Being. 

Focus203 will be held during two sessions Wednesday, March 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Naperville Central Cafeteria (Entrance No. 8), and Thursday, March 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Grace Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner, Naperville. The two sessions will be identical in presentations. 

Parents, high school students, Naperville area social service agencies, mental health providers, educators are all encouraged to attend.

In these sessions, District 203 staff will outline what experts believe our students need to learn to be healthy both emotionally and socially. And, then we’ll ask participants their priorities and brainstorm on how we can work together in best serving our children. The District will also provide participants with a toolkit so they can be the best parent or community resource they can be.

“We hope to come together as a community to support Social Emotional Learning of our students,” said Community Relations Director Julie Carlsen.

Gerard Schilling March 25, 2014 at 05:10 PM
How about teaching our kids instead of running socialistic, quasi-mind bending propaganda sessions. Since when is it the purvey of schools to engage is psychological/sociological reeducation of our kids? Between Common Core and this nonsense (not to mention the cost) it's beginning to sound like what all tyrants do, convert/propagandize the kids and you change society. We as citizen don't pay you do either!
tyrone biggums March 26, 2014 at 07:20 AM
Speaking of common core being crap, here is the perfect example of why common core should be stopped. http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/common-core-parent-facebook-post-indiana-school-181841158.html Enjoy!!!
Barbara Serbick March 27, 2014 at 08:33 PM
When did social-emotional teaching, health of students and “finding balance” become a principal focus of schools? These are better left to the health community and parents. The purpose of schools is to impart the 3 R’s. The more money that is spent on education and the smaller the class sizes become, the poorer our children’s education becomes. Add Common Core and it is easy to see why our children are quickly becoming functional illiterates – no time to teach grammar or cursive writing anymore, or read classical literature. No time for the basics? Just exactly what are the schools doing with all that time?

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