Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
and liking how you do it.
- Maya Angelou

One component of the Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls Mission is to ‘Focus on the development of social, behavioral, and organization skills necessary for future success’.  During the 2017-18 academic year we are excited to be using RULER, an evidence-based approach to social emotional learning that helps school communities integrate the teaching of emotional intelligence into daily life.

RULER at Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls

RULER teaches five key emotional intelligence skills:

  • Recognizing emotions in one’s self and others.
  • Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions.
  • Labeling emotions accurately.
  • Expressing emotions appropriately.
  • Regulating emotions effectively.

At BCCS-G RULER integrates these skills into the academic curriculum through our morning meeting framework.  It is imperative that all scholars are in class by at least 8:00 am to participate in morning meeting which runs until 8:20 am each morning.

We are proud to be a school community who understands that “emotions matter” and that how children feel has profound implications for learning, success, and well-being.  Our goal is to equip Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls scholars for success today, and for life.

RULER

BCCS-G Character Education: Second Step Program  ©

Here at BCCS-G we want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not limited to academics, but includes the development of social and emotional skills; how to learn; and how to get along with others.

The Second Step Program is an evidence based curriculum that we are using to teach critical social and emotional skills. There are four main target areas that are taught through the Second Step Program; Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management and Problem Solving.  In the Skills for Learning unit, scholars gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork. In the Empathy unit, scholars learn to identify and understand their own and others feelings. Scholars also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. During our Emotion Management unit,  scholars learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger. Lastly, in our Problem Solving unit scholars learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way. Each scholar receives a character education class once a week for 30-40 minutes.

BCCS-G Moral Focus Overview

In an effort to more effectively integrate the teaching of our scholar values and character education into school culture we have created monthly school wide assemblies for the school year. Assembly is a time to deliver positive messages about individuals in our school, our community, and in our world who exemplify highlighted scholar/moral values. Each month lesson are planned and taught according to the monthly scholar value or character word per grade level.

September        Welcome Back/Scholarship           

October              Anti-Bullying/Kindness       

November         Gratitude                      

December          Sisterhood                    

January              Citizenship                                               

February            Perseverance

March                Scholarship  

April                   Integrity

May                   Sisterhood

June                  TBA     

Scholar Creed

TODAY IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY

I AM THANKFUL FOR WAKING UP TODAY

I HAVE COME TO SCHOOL SO I CAN LEARN,

GO TO COLLEGE

AND BE THE LEADER I WAS CREATED TO BE

TODAY, I WILL BE EDUCATED, EMPOWERED

BY MY TEACHERS WITH THE TOOLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL

WITHIN MY COMMUNITY

AND THROUGHOUT MY COUNTRY

I APPLY MYSELF DAILY.

I STUDY.

AND I ASK QUESTIONS WHEN I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

WHEN I AM CONFRONTED WITH A PROBLEM

OR CONFLICT

I THINK BEFORE I REACT.

I IGNORE ALL NEGATIVE INFLUENCES

IN THE CLASSROOM

AND THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY.

I AM EXTREMELY PROUD TO BE THE NEXT GENERATION

OF LEADERS.

I ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY

AND I LOVE THE CHALLENGE!

LET’S GET OUR DAY STARTED…….