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Second Step Curriculum

The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered via classroom guidance lessons by the counselor to all students. Second Step is designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school, help them get along with others, and create a positive school climate in order to prevent school violence and bullying.
What is social-emotional learning?
  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others 
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively 
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions 
  • Solving problems effectively
Second Step lessons for elementary grades include:
  • Listening & Focusing Attention
  • Respect, Empathy, & Compassion
  • Identifying Feelings 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down
  • Problem Solving 
  • Bullying Prevention
Second Step lessons for 6th-8th grade include:
  • Emotion Management: Emotions, Brain, and Body
  • Calming Down Strategies
  • Coping with Stress
Additional classroom guidance lessons for middle school include the Signs of Suicide (SOS), Study Skills, College and Career Exploration, and Substance Abuse Prevention/Making Healthy Choices Online. 
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  • Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
  • Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71
  • Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72
  • Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73
  • Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74
  • Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75
  • Grade 6: SSP6 FAMI LY12
  • Grade 7: SSP7 FAMI LY23
  • Grade 8: SSP8 FAMI LY34
As part of the district-wide counseling program, all 7th graders in the district receive education and awareness on the signs of suicide and depression. Students are taught to ACT - Acknowledge, Care, and Tell, if they have a friend that needs help talking to a trusted adult, or if they themselves, need to talk to an adult to seek help and resources. Below is a handout that all 7th graders at Arroyo Vista received following the Signs of Suicide lesson.