Parents and students participated in a Title I Family Night that showcased the school’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts Program.
The Capturing Kids’ Hearts program (CKH) is a social and emotional framework that helps to build meaningful connections between adults and students, students and their peers, and between the school and families. The goal is to capture kids’ hearts in order to capture their minds. Research shows that when students feel more connected to their school and staff, they achieve higher academic success and are less likely to have attendance, tardy, or behavioral issues. Students thrive when they feel cared for and engaged.
Our parents, students, and staff enjoyed a fun-filled night learning how CKH has been implemented at Granite Quarry Elementary School. Teachers discussed the importance of sharing Good Things, what occurs during daily Morning Meetings, and showed families how to create a Social Contract. With support from teachers and staff, each family had the opportunity to create their own family social contract and learn tips on how to successfully implement the contract at home. The goal was to create a strong connection between CKH at school and at home and to create consistent practice using social and emotional learning skills.
At the close of the evening, parents received a goodie bag containing a variety of resources for use at home. Resources included tips for implementing CKH at home, productive struggle math activities, and vocabulary and literacy activities.
To top off the evening, families enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. Students in attendance were entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the night.