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Middle School

HAFTR Middle School’s Instructional Focus
HAFTR’s Middle School educators and school leaders are unified in common purpose:
  • We are committed to developing each student’s capacity for academic and intellectual achievement.
  • We are committed to developing each student’s capacity to learn both individually and collaboratively.
  • We are committed to developing each student’s “Growth Mindset.”
  • We are committed to developing each student’s metacognitive and social emotional learning capacities: self-awareness, social awareness, decision making and relationship skills within and beyond the classroom.
  • We view every HAFTR student as our student.
 
Growth Mindset
Part of our Instructional Focus includes the cultivation of a “Growth Mindset” and the teaching of this concept to our students.
 
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
HAFTR Middle School’s SEL initiative, led by Dr. Yali Werzberger, is critical to the development of Middle School students. SEL, which teaches students how to regulate their emotions, connect effectively with others, and use and develop their strengths, has been linked with significant, positive outcomes for students, including greater resilience, well-being, and happiness, improved academic grades, and decreased emotional reactivity and stress.