The Social Development Curriculum is comprised of many components and is meant to support students in school and their everyday life. Our Social Clinicians oversee many of the programs and they are also available to counsel students when they need social or personal support.
We have integrated mindfulness skills in the to the students’ day through the MindUP™ program. MindUP™ is grounded in the pillars of Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Mindful Behavior and Social and Emotional Learning. This program helps children build overall personal resilience and develop mindfulness skills that can increase self-control, focus, empathy and optimism. It offers an immersive experience and daily practice that shifts a child’s perspective and drives positive behavior, improved learning and scholastic performance. MindUP™ is a way of teaching that provides a richer learning experience for students and returns the joy of teaching to teachers. www.mindup.org
Social Behavior Program
The Social Behavior Program is based on the principles of positive behavior reinforcement and a reward system. All students have the opportunity to earn “Craig points” for homework, class work and appropriate social behavior both in and outside of the classroom. Points are “banked” each day and accumulated for the week, month and year.The Social Behaviour program is based on a weekly “behavior points” accumulation system; the Communication Enhancement Program, a school-wide, direct weekly and semi monthly classroom instructional program for grades 3 to 5 and grades 6 to 8
Friday Clubs. As a part of The Craig School’s Social Development Program, all students participate in an hour-long Friday afternoon club period. The 3rd, 4th and 5th periods on Friday are shortened to allow a club time from 1:40 pm to 2:40 pm. Clubs are selected on a six-week rotation basis. Students select the club of their choice during homeroom time. Among the possible selections are: Computer Club, Arts and Crafts, Science, Sports, Photography, Legos, Cooking and Candy Making and Drama. Any student who has not earned club time during the week will spend the hour in a Friday afternoon help group. Club privilege is earned on a weekly basis.
Assemblies for students achieving Platinum, Gold and Silver levels are held each month. These levels are based on the student’s ability to meet educational and behavioral expectations rather than grades. An awards assembly is held at the end of the year to acknowledge those students who have earned Platinum Level every month of the year.
A peer leadership/mentor program, under the supervision of the school psychologist and clinician, involves 7th & 8th grade students in various activities with the younger students both in and outside the classroom. Peer leaders serve as activity organizers during special events and work with the younger students in the classroom under the supervision of a teacher. Peer leaders meet with the school psychologist and clinician weekly to discuss the responsibilities of being a mentor to younger students in the school.
Badger Trading Card.
Students in grades 6 to 8 who demonstrate positive social behaviors are rewarded with Craig Badger cards which earn them entry to a Badger Brunch approximately every four to six weeks. The Badger Brunch is a time for middle school students to socialize and enjoy some “down time” and to put their earned cards into a raffle for a prize. Students in grades 6 to 8 also earn Gold Cards for extraordinary social behavior which gives them a special privilege every four to six weeks.
The Craig Lower/Middle School Campus
15 Tower Hill Rd
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.4375 | Fax 973.334.2861
Craig High School
24 Changebridge Road
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone 973.334.1234 | Fax 973.334.1288