Social Emotional Learning

We have a variety of things that we offer and provide services for here at Woodland Spring Middle School.  Here is a list of some of the things you might hear your child, teachers, and staff use. 

What is Habitudes?

These are lessons geared to teach the students habits and attitudes focused on leadership skills. These lessons come from Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders and creator of the Habitudes (see the following link for more information about Mr. Elmore - ). Each lesson is connected to a specific image and to a concept from our school mission statement –

We want the students to feel welcome, safe, and valued.

We are taking the responsibility of this experience seriously. We want to do all we can to help these students, and this requires teacher, student, and staff support and dedication to the expectations for this program.

Teachers will be using their personal expertise with the Habitudes’ lessons provided by Mr. Elmore. We are working to build a common language of great leaders at Woodland Spring Middle School.


What is Xello?
Xello is software that helps students in grades 6–12 create their very own, unique roadmap for future success—enabling them to discover their own personalized pathway through self-knowledge, exploration and planning.


What is Individual Plan of Study?
An Individual Plan of Study (IPS) is both a product and a process that students may use with support from school counselors, teachers, and families to help them define their career goals and postsecondary plans and make informed decisions about their courses and activities throughout high school.


What is the students Stallion portfolio?
The portfolio is a purposeful collection of students work and goals that exhibit how they are becoming college, career, and life ready.


What does it mean to be Middle School, High School & College, Career & Life Ready?
“College, Career & Life Ready means and individual has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical or “soft skills”, and employability skills to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry, or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.

Middle School ready means that a student is able to show skills to be successful in middle school, such as organized, prepared, accountable, able to set goals, and be respectful.

High School ready further extends what middle school ready is by setting more long term goals and planning for the future.

What Families Can Do to help their children become College, Career & Life Ready?
·       Monitor your child’s progress – from pre-school through high school.

·       Motivate your children to do well in school by raising expectations. All children want to succeed. You can motivate them by showing them organizational techniques, helping them establish relationships with their teachers, being available when they need help in school, and making sure they have the resources they need.

·       Communicate expectations for achievement and the value of education.

·       Learn about college or career requirements so that you can help your child choose appropriate courses and activities that will enable him/her to meet these requirements.

·       Understand the college application process, including required testing; various deadlines and what must be included on application forms.

·       Use the counseling and guidance office at your child’s  school for assistance.

·       Assist your child with career planning. Career planning is a complex lifelong process. Help your child think proactively about skills and knowledge needed for their desired career.


What is our Mission Statement?
Engaging all members of the WSMS community in a culture of partnership, learning, and leadership so that every student can achieve academic and personal success.