Forsyth County believes in the core competencies as outlined by the CASEL Standards.
Chattahoochee Elementary ensures students build these standards through the 7 Mindsets Program.
The 7 Mindsets are based on a research effort that began with the simple question: What do the world’s happiest and most successful people have in common? The research revealed that the answer wasn’t related to gender, ethnicity, or where they lived in the world. It had nothing to do with being raised in a loving home or a broken one, their socioeconomic status, or how far they went in school. In fact, it turns out that the commonalities of happiness and success are based on a set of seven mental habits foundational to an enriched life.
These 7 Mindsets are: EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE, PASSION FIRST, WE ARE CONNECTED, ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE, 100% ACCOUNTABLE, LIVE TO GIVE, and THE TIME IS NOW.
Chattahoochee implemented The 7 Mindsets curriculum during the 2015/2016 school year. Based on the foundational premise that every child is extraordinary, the program positively impacts school climate by addressing social and emotional issues and facilitating character development.
To learn more about the 7 Mindsets visit their website.
Kelso's Choice is a program that empowers and enables children to successfully and safely solve conflict.
Conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures, or physical attacks are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict. At Chattahoochee, we use the Kelso’s Choice program to teach students positive strategies to deal with difficult situations.
To do this, we teach students to differentiate between small problems that they can try to solve on their own, and big problems that need a trusted adult's help. When students have small problems we encourage them to try at least two of the ideas from the wheel of choices (see below) before asking for adult help. To learn more about Kelso's Choices visit their website.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) is an evidence-based three tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed. At Chattahoochee, we focus on positive behavioral expectations in the classroom, cafeteria, hallway, playground, and restroom. These expectations are taught directly to all students to encourage Champion Behaviors. For more information on PBIS, please visit https://www.pbis.org/.