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M.S. Leadership, Ethics, and Development

THE PHILOSOPHY

The Leadership, Ethics, and Development program (L.E.A.D.) is designed to foster each student’s social, emotional, physical, and ethical growth. Through intentional and age appropriate curricula, students develop skills to confidently navigate adolescence and prepare them to be purposeful citizens in any community. Active experiences and intellectual opportunities will empower students to engage in character development, personal and peer leadership, and support a healthy school and community culture. L.E.A.D. classes are designed to address the developmental needs of each of our students as they navigate their path through adolescence. Subtopics explored in age appropriate ways each year include self-awareness, relationships, effective communication, feedback, decision making, coping strategies, ethical engagement, team building, and self-care. In the Middle School, L.E.A.D. curricula is delivered through Health & Wellness and Physical Education classes, advisory, and community meeting times.
  • Sixth Grade: Breaking the Ice

    (Grade 6)
    In the sixth grade, students pursue the L.E.A.D. curriculum through two classes, Physical Education and Health and Wellness, where they explore the theme of “breaking the ice” as students transition into middle school and The Derryfield School community. These classes incorporate health and physical education instruction along with small group advisory meetings and larger grade-level or division-level groupings.  At the beginning of the year, the focus will be on understanding the norms and expectations of Derryfield, and developing positive relationships with peers and adults in the community. Ongoing skill development will include study skills, appropriate use of technology, respect for self and others, enjoyment of learning, challenge, and self-expression. 
    • Physical Education:  The focus of this course is on acquiring movement skills through cooperation. As they participate in experiential activities, students will build on personal and peer leadership skill development by utilizing the low ropes course, as well as team building and character building activities. The activities become the means through which the students can practice, refine, and develop competence in the skills, and build confidence. Appropriate social and personal behavior, respect for others, enjoyment, challenge, and self-expression in a physical setting are emphasized.
    • Health: In this course, students will work with the framework, The Wellness Wheel, which will serve as a holistic model for personal leadership and the health and well-being of the total person. The Wellness Wheel consists of the following dimensions: physical, emotional, intellectual, vocational, social, and spiritual.
  • Seventh Grade: Self-Advocacy

    (Grade 7)
    In the seventh grade, students pursue the L.E.A.D. curriculum through Physical Education, where they explore the theme of “self advocacy”. Students find their strengths in our community and identify ways in which they can support others and be supported. These classes will help students build their resilience and grit when facing challenges in order to manage feelings of anxiety. Ethical decision-making skills will also be taught in conjunction with the Computer Science class. 
    • Physical Education: Through experiential activities, students will build on personal and peer leadership skills by utilizing the high ropes course and rock wall, working to trust their peers, and collaborate to define and accomplish group goals. Personal reflection, personal integrity, and character development are important in all learning lessons.
  • Eighth Grade: Embracing Community

    (Grade 8)
    In the eighth grade, students pursue the L.E.A.D. curriculum in Health, where they explore the theme of “embracing community”. Students expand their influence in our community while also looking ahead to the transition to high school. Ongoing skill development will include communication, decision-making, appropriate use of technology, respect for self and others, and leadership within the middle school community. 
    • Health: The goals of the program are to provide students with accurate information on the physical and psychological effects of health-related decisions; to enhance the development of the student’s sense of personal and social responsibility; to help students see the relationship between choices and well-being; and to teach interpersonal and physical skills which will encourage and assist students in making health-enhancing decisions throughout their lives.

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The Derryfield School

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