PPCS MS School Culture

Social Emotional Learning

SEL at Paul MS is a community of learners including staff, scholars and families who work to foster a safe, caring, empathetic learning environment.


School Culture Vision

We believe in a safe community grounded in personal accountability and in opportunities for reflection and growth. We hold each other to high expectations, while addressing the needs of the whole child. We are stronger together as we prioritize student achievement. It’s our Paul Way of Being!


Supporting the Whole Child
  • Formal Instruction
  • Weekly lessons focused on developing one or more skills in a core competency area.
  • Informal Instruction
  • Natural opportunities to practice, demonstrate, and celebrate SEL skills, habits and mindsets.
  • Restorative Practices
  • Teaching conflict resolution and community restoration using skills, habits and mindsets learned through SEL.
  • Family Engagement
  • Providing resources for families to practice SEL at home and in their communities.


Family Support & SEL

Families are our greatest collaborators. We cannot be successful in our efforts to educate the whole child without their support. 

  • Newsletters & Home Activities
  • Restorative Practices
  • Parent Workshops
  • Service Learning
  • Awards and Celebrations
  • FELT & Family Engagement


We Model

We believe that scholars should be taught at a high caliber, to model and embody what a MERIT Scholar is:

  • Motivated
  • Educated
  • Responsible
  • Independent
  • Thinkers


We Celebrate

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE! Scholars to earn dollars. Dollars will be recorded in our Dean’s List System as:

  • Academic & Behavior growth and success
  • Engagement
  • Getting to class on time
  • Preparedness/Organization

What will dollars be used for?

  • Field trips (virtual)
  • School store (virtual)
  • School activities (Dances & rewards) 
  • Dress down days
  • Ice Cream Socials (e-gift cards)


Recognition to our Scholars
  • No Homework passes
  • Positive emails, texts & calls
  • Perfect Attendance Awards
  • Positive Character Awards
  • Scholar of the Day
  • Scholar of the Month
  • Following Classroom Norms & Expectations
  • Classroom jobs/responsibilities
  • Positive recognition during TownHall & other virtual platforms

“Our Commitments: We Teach! We Learn! We Model! We Celebrate!”

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