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Successful Mindsets and Behaviors – 2018

Heckquaw ESHeck-Quaw Elementary School (Belgrade, MT). At Heck-Quaw Elementary, the school counseling curriculum consists of developmentally designed lessons for each grade level (K-4). The lessons focus students on achieving the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for social/emotional development, academic success, and college and career readiness (American School Counselor Association, 2014 Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College-and Career-Readiness for Every Student standards). Lessons include assorted topics: school skills, empathy/caring for others, friendship/bully-proofing, self-worth/self-esteem, emotional awareness and regulation, personal safety, problem-solving/conflict management, and career exploration/transition to middle school. In addition, students have access to group and individual counseling as needed. Mental health supports are also available for students with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). ACE trainings are also held with the staff to help deliver trauma-informed responses and practices across the school.