Welcome to Snapshots, where each week we take a quick look at a unique aspect of St. Johns Country Day School and the St. Johns Experience.
As we move through the final month of what has been a very unique year, everyone at St. Johns is turning their focus to a topic of national concern—student mental health. May is Mental Health Month, when we shine a spotlight on things we can do as parents and educators to support young people during times of crisis and to arm our students with the tools they need to navigate challenging situations.
At St. Johns, we define wellness as focusing on the whole person—mind and body. Over the past year, we have restructured our Student Services department to include multiple counseling and academic support disciplines. Many institutions are attempting to educate students with a “one and done” solution—by providing a one-time conference, assembly, or scripted curriculum. But developmentally, students need consistent messaging and ongoing education to elicit behavior change. By beginning in the Lower School with our Caring School Community program, our teachers introduce age-appropriate topics including kindness, compassion, and differences. That’s followed by the Middle School wellness classes which elaborate on this basic foundation by providing a clear, consistent message about what it means to be a compassionate, kind, confident individual who can accept differences without compromising their values. All of these lessons are reinforced and repeated throughout the Upper School years, with elaboration and reiteration, for example, about simple mindfulness strategies that can reduce stress and anxiety. We hope that, upon graduation from St. Johns, our students are knowledgeable about who they are, educated on what the world will present, and confident to make life decisions.
Learn more about Caring School Community, our Student Services department, and the rest of the St. Johns Experience by visiting campus for a personal tour. Reserve your spot today at sjcds.net/visit, or email email@example.com. And you can read more about our cutting edge Student Services team at sjcds.net/snapshots.