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Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The event, held on December 21 at the Southern Adirondack Education Center, was an opportunity for families to learn more about STEP, the Boys Town Management System, and tips on accessing Google Classroom from home.
A new program this year, STEP is designed to inspire ninth graders to stay in school, be successful, and graduate. The Boys Town model is used to promote positive change in students’ social skills as well as the process to correct skill deficits. In the Boys Town model students earn points for using appropriate social skills with their peers and teachers throughout their academic day.
In addition to snacks and desserts, students and their families decorated holiday wreaths, Yule log candle-holders, gingerbread men, and sugar cookies.
Plus, the STEP staff reinforced the Boys Town behavior model used in the program and demonstrated how to access information on their Google Classroom.
“Strengthening our collaboration with parents to make it a positive, productive and fun year, continues to be a focus in this program,” said Assistant Principal Linda Beck-Fragale. “We encourage parents to mirror the Boys Town model at home and we think it’s working. We are seeing students use the pro-social language they are learning at school to be more socially appropriate and this means an improvement in behavior. Our students are happy to come to school and are succeeding academically and that makes their parents happy as well.”