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Social and Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and apply skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  Hamilton Southeastern schools believes that these skills along with academic knowledge will prepare our students to succeed in life beyond their school years.  Social and emotional skills are often referred to as one’s emotional intelligence or EQ.  According to CASEL there is growing research that suggests the IQ and EQ are connected and both critical in the development of the “whole child.” Research shows that students with strong SEL skills have increased academic performance and are less likely to engage in risk taking behaviors.

Please visit our Social and Emotional Learning page on the district website for additional information.


Counselor's Corner


Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Kozloski completed their first round of classroom guidance lessons in all 5th and 6th grade classrooms this month! Below is a description of their lessons and activities completed with students:


5th Grade- In their first lesson at FCI we discussed the role of the school counselor and how I help students here at school. We spent the rest of the lesson talking all about the College Go Campaign! Students were introduced to a variety of options they can pursue after high school. We completed a scavenger hunt in our LearnMore Indiana magazine where students explored their learning style, career interests, and a goal that they have for this year.


6th Grade- Mr. Kozloski was very excited to be able to introduce himself to all of the 6th graders and let them know how he can support them as their school counselor. The 6th graders set personal goals for themselves for this year, as well as made plans as to how they were going to achieve these goals. They had group discussions on the topics of Bullying and Mindfulness. Lastly, students worked in groups on a college and careers scavenger hunt involving the Learn More magazines that went home with them. Mr. Kozloski will lead the next round of classroom guidance lessons in December.


College Go week takes place each September in Indiana schools. This year the dates are Sept. 23rd-27th. College will be here before you know it! It is important for students to start thinking about their future educational and career plans early. Setting goals, exploring their interests, and researching their post secondary options are great ways to ensure success. Each year your child will be given the Learn More magazine, which is provided from the Indiana Department of Education. This is a great resource for parents and students to use when starting to think about life after high school. For more information regarding College GO week, the 529 College Savings Account, or to explore career interests, please visit http://www.learnmoreindiana.org.


Social Emotional Learning:

At FCI all of our students participate in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). These lessons occur once a week and are taught by your child's classroom teacher. Lessons cover a variety of skills including empathy, emotional regulation, and mindfulness. Below are Home Links and Discussion Topics for the our last two lessons.


5th Grade:

Lesson 5: Taking Others’ Perspectives


Lesson 6: Accepting Differences



6th Grade:

Lesson 5: Setting Goals


This week, your child will learn an effective strategy for achieving goals. He or she will practice breaking big goals down into small, simple steps and creating plans for how to take each step.


Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your child about your goal and how you achieved it, and ask your child to tell you about a goal he or she has.


Lesson 6: If-Then Plans


This week, your child will learn how to use If–Then Plans for making positive choices in difficult situations. Research shows this is a great way for students to prepare for difficult situations before they happen.


Ask your child what an If–Then Plan is. Work together to make a plan for how your child can respond positively to a difficult situation he or she might encounter at home.




Fall Creek Intermediate

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

12011 Olio Road
Fishers, IN 46037
School hours:  7:45a - 2:33p (Early Release), Tues-Fri 7:45a - 2:53p
Main Phone:  (317) 915-4220
Main Fax:  (317) 915-4229
Attendance:  (317) 915-4228

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Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.