Reaching for Respect

All students deserve to attend a school that provides

a safe and positive place to learn. SLS has developed a schoolwide program, Reaching for Respect, that combines instruction, intervention, and recognition to promote respect for all school stakeholders. The Reaching for Respect program is a coordinated effort by all SLS stakeholders, including the STARs student group – Students Teaching About Respect. SLS students participate in weekly class meetings to discuss appropriate respectful behaviors and intervention strategies they can use if they encounter disrespect. Students who demonstrate positive, respectful behavior are recognized with a Starburst honor and are awarded with incentives and prizes. Through a coordinated effort by all the adults in the school, supervision and intervention are integral components of the Reaching for Respect program.

Core Essentials

SLS has partnered with Chick-fil-A in Core Essentials, a character education program for our students in grades

K-5, that provides a “value of the month" focus that encourages individual classrooms, the entire school, and every family to emphasize the same aspects of each

value. A value is an inward belief or attitude that affects someone’s outward behavior. The values that Core Essentials stress are common attitudes that every parent and teacher want children to learn and demonstrate. Core Essentials is structured around a 3-year plan that highlights nine different values each year based on the nine months of the school year.

Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings, SLS’s own guidance program, is a positive youth development program that seeks to help students accept who they are, form positive interpersonal relationships, improve decision-making skills, and experience a sense of community.  

Grades 1-4 participate in weekly lessons.  Pk, K, and 5th grades also participate in lessons throughout the year.

Every child needs “roots” and “wings” to grow in this world.  Roots are assets, such as one’s faith, family/community relationships, values, and attitudes.  Wings are the positive behaviors and skills that each child must practice in order to grow in their ability to freely and responsibly make choices.