Character Development     

EMPATHY through Actions

Our Junior School teachers and Junior School Counselor work together to support the social and emotional development of our students. These programs emphasize the creation of a safe classroom culture that epitomizes care and respect, self-regulation, relationship-building, resiliency, and self-esteem. 

We realize the importance of teaching specific
social and emotional skills and fostering the development of social competence through:
• building empathy
• developing language skills to support emotional well-being
• learning to identify and regulate emotional reactions
• building resilience     

Many strategies are used to develop social competence skills including role-playing, discussion prompts, videos, and reflective reading and writing assignments.

Community service opportunities, including our annual Shoreline Clean-Up, Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drives, and singing at local Seniors’ Homes, give students a chance to help out and become more aware of their ability to make positive impacts in the world. In turn, students become aware of the satisfaction associated with service work.
The QMS values have helped guide and shape my life's focus personally and academically. They reflect how I want to live my life after I graduate.
- Tara Cooper, Class of '15