VISION: At Morrill School, we educate the whole child. We create a safe and nurturing student-centered, collaborative learning environment where our students strive for excellence by engaging in positive and respectful relationships with all members of the school community. Morrill students will become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and responsible empathetic leaders of a global society.
Do you see anything missing from this vision or have an idea of how to make it stronger? We would love feedback from our staff and our community! Please leave any suggestions in the comments below.
At the end of our meeting, we listed some wishes we have for Morrill. One thing we would like to establish is a common language for students to use when they want to diffuse a situation. I introduced two phrases I use regularly in drama class. The first is, “Keep the peace,” which is phrasing a student can use when they are in an uncomfortable situation and want to make clear to the other person that they wish for it to end. I tell students that if I hear this phrase, I know to move towards the students to make sure that everyone is safe. I also encourage students to try using this phrase if they feel like they are a bystander to a situation and would like to intervene. The second phrase I use is, “respect the force field.” I tell students that every person is comfortable with different levels of closeness. If someone is too close to you, instead of asking them to back off, that “respect the force field” is a non-confrontational way to let someone know that you need space. We would love if these phrases could become common language among our students. Please share in the comments below if you have any ideas or feedback about introducing a common social emotional language for Morrill.