At the Dec. 8 Herricks Board of Education meeting, Herricks Middle School Assistant Principal Gina Horton along with nine middle school students gave shared key takeaways from three fall assemblies that focused on helping students make good decisions, learning from mistakes and being the best person possible both on-line and in-person. Ms. Horton shared the importance of the social and emotional learning aspects each program offered the sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
The sixth-grade assembly, “Emotional Regulation in a Digital World”, was presented by Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD). The program shared ways for the students to manage their emotions while using social media to make good decisions.
The seventh-grade assembly, “Don’t Press Send,” served as a reminder to the students to always be mindful when interacting online and before sharing anything as it will impact their digital footprint. The assembly also highlighted the dangers and risks associated with using smartphones and computers inappropriately.
For eighth graders, an interactive program called Challenge Day centered around five areas: self-management, social awareness, self-awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
Three students from each grade thoughtfully shared and reflected what they learned from each of the fall programs at the Board of Education meeting.