Our Actions Blog

Digging Deeper - understanding our students needs during COVID - 19.
Early in the school year our staff became concerned about some of the things we noticed about our...
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Supporting Our School Community
Supporting Our School Community One of our goals at MacNeill Secondary is to increase student...
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Year in Review: Building POWERful Connections
Research clearly shows that students who feel connected to their school community, and to the...
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What Do Engaged Learners Look Like?
One of our goals at MacNeill Secondary is to increase student engagement, both social and academic...
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SEL: Supporting Our School Community

 

It has been a rough couple of months. Not only have our students been experiencing the physical restrictions necessitated by the pandemic, they are also experiencing changes to existing school structures and available supports. The effects of these changes were evident from the daily conversations staff had with students and from the responses students shared with us during the Quarter 1 student survey.  It was clear that we were all struggling with the disconnect. We recognized our students’ needs for a sense of safety, significant peer and adult connections, and a feeling of belonging.

These resonated with many staff members and formed the basis of our Social-Emotional Learning committee. With the support of classroom teachers, the committee has implemented several initiatives, such as a Managing Stress workshop for students, a POWER T-shirt design contest for Raven Spirit, a school-wide opportunity for students to share their experiences of the pandemic, and a MacNeill Has Heart event for school spirit.