Positive Behavior Programs
To recognize each student's unique strengths and accomplishments, teachers select a different student each week/month to be Top Cat in their classrooms. Students are honored in their classrooms in a variety of ways.
We partner with Soul Shoppe to provide our students and teachers with anti-bullying tools. Students attend assemblies and workshops dedicated to empowering them with anti-bullying vocabulary, strategies, and practice. Teachers learn how to support students in class and on the playground.
Soul Shoppe's vision is to create a big hearted & bully free world where…
- People use effective communication tools to eliminate fighting, misunderstanding & bullying.
- People know & recognize each other’s worth, eliminating the kind of teasing that creates low self-esteem and low academic performance.
How do we do this? By…
- Teaching effective communication tools – I Message, Clean-up, Stop & Breathe and The Balloon, our kid-tested metaphor for emotional self-regulation.
- Incorporating character building stories and experiences into our workshops.
- Addressing the real issues students are facing, strategizing and planning for future solutions.
- Optimizing learning environments for social emotional learning.
- Supporting the entire school community.
JFS Student Council represents the voice of our students. They help to plan and execute school-wide special activities and provide input on school decisions.
Developmental assets are positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills that young people need to become caring and responsible. Norwood Creek School is committed to helping our children in developing these assets. Through our partnership with Project Cornerstone, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of class and school wide service projects. In addition to our commitment to students, we are making a commitment of the families of our community. We would like our community to become knowledgeable about developmental assets and ways to build them in our youth. Workshops and opportunities for parents to participate in the program will be made available.
In addition to Top Cat, students can earn certificates, privileges, or rewards for achievement in a special area of behavior determined by the teacher or principal. Awards for Perfect Attendance, and Gold and Silver Honor Roll are awarded each trimester.
JFS participates in Walk n' Roll, a grant funded program to encourage walking and bicycling to school.
Walk n’ Roll Goals include:
- Instill healthy and active lifestyle behaviors by promoting daily physical activity in a fun social environment
- Improve safety by increasing the numbers and visibility of students walking to school
- Reducing traffic congestion and related air pollution around schools
- Increase community engagement
- Gold Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's on their report card and demonstrate satisfactory citizenship (no N's or U's).
- Silver Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's and B's on their report card and no N's or U's.
Report cards are given out each trimester. Students have three opportunities over the course of the school year to reach Honor Roll.
Each spring, we celebrate the achievement of our English Language Learners at the district Reclassification Ceremony. This is an opportunity to recognize students who have tested proficient in English.
JFS celebrates the arts with the support of the National PTA Reflections program. Students at every grade are invited to create an art piece around a common theme in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
The two words that best describe Girls on the Run are FUN and RUN. Every aspect of this program is geared toward helping girls feel good about who the are -- physically, emotionally and socially. This 10-week spring session from March - May is an esteem-building program set to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum with creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run is open to all 3rd - 6th grade girls. Practice starts in March and ends in May with a 5K run/walk event in Vasona Park in Los Gatos. Registration is in December-January and space is limited. For more information or to register your daughter, see the Girls on the Run website.