Beginning this school year we implemented Responsive Classroom. Responsive Classroom is a researcher based approach that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. In the past, Highland School’s character program focused on the 6 pillars of character. While you will not specifically hear the 6 character traits as in the past, they are embedded within the Responsive Classroom model. Under the Responsive Classroom model, the Acronym Cares-cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control are emphasized. This year we began our RC journey by starting each day with a morning meeting. There are 4 components of the morning meeting: greeting, sharing, group activity and morning message. Morning meeting usually begins with students greeting each other by name, this is followed by a sharing activity in which students share information about important events in their lives and listeners offer comments, Next is a group activity and the last component is news or announcements. This takes approximately 15 minutes and is how each day begins at Highland School.