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Social-Emotional Learning

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P-H-M is committed to helping students reach their fullest potential, which includes the whole-child!


One way in which this is done is through a focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health. According to the Collaborative for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.


We have several SEL resources available for families so that parents can continue to support their child’s well being at home. Click here to view those resources.


P-H-M’s  Director of SEL & Mental Health Dr. Jennifer Sears is leading P-H-M’s multi-year plan. The plan has been developed with several goals, such as SEL Tier 1 Curriculum exploration, completing the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation, developing a mental health crisis team, collaborating with Youth Service Bureau, providing resources to staff and families, increasing trauma-informed care awareness, increasing stress management techniques, and holding ongoing professional development opportunities for all staff members.


It is through these and other activities we hope to continue to build social, emotional and mental wellness for the P-H-M community to help our students reach their fullest potential.


SEL is integral part of strengthening P-H-M’s “Triangle of Success”—connecting students, teachers and parents. To strengthen this Triangle of Success, P-H-M is providing valuable resources to families and parents to support students …


P-H-M’s three middle schools and Penn High School each have trained, expert counselors in place at each building as resources to help students. Click below to access the contact information for your school’s Counseling Office