Care and Connect Advisory Period

4th Period

Each Wednesday and Friday, students meet in their 4th Period Advisory Block. We refer to this time as our Care and Connect time. As a school community, we use this time each week to support students in their journey to becoming productive citizens of a global community and successful in the workforce of the future.

A large portion of this time is focused on the development of social and emotional skills, as well as executive functioning. The curriculum we have designed to use during 4th period will help foster these skills in all of our students. Students will be presented a wide range of materials during the advisory block, including lessons on Digital Citizenship, Character Education and Goal-Setting. 

The topics our faculty and staff present each week during our Care and Connect time don't just apply to school. In fact, they are topics that students may be eager to share with you each week. Outlined below is an overview of the material we will be using in the first quarter. We have listed the dates we intend to use each lesson. However, we certainly have learned to be flexible! We share the dates so that you know which week you can engage your student in discussion about these topics. 

Character Education

All classes will watch a  a series of character education videos, This character education series is produced by Varsity Brands, in conjunction with Herff Jones. 

September 30:  This video features Mark Henry, an American powerlifter, Olympic weightlifter, strongman, and retired professional wrestler, who is currently signed to WWE under a Legends contract. He is a two-time Olympian and a gold, silver, and bronze medalist at the Pan American Games in 1995.

October 14: This video features Ken Nwadike Jr.. Ken set a goal to run the Boston Marathon. But he didn’t qualify for it the first time he tried. Or the second time. Ken shows us how to live our truth and keep moving forward, despite the obstacles. Ken created the Free Hugs movement after realizing that his true talent and power came from an unexpected place.

October 21: This video features Noelle Tsunami who believes the real value in life is derived from unconditional, genuine and compassionate interactions. Today, many people seek these meaningful interactions from social media. Noelle says that social media is not the place for validation, but it can be a source of positive connections and inspiration. 

Digital Citizenship

October 7: Students will be able to define "digital reputation" and identify examples of social media posts that can have a positive or negative effect. 

Resources for parents on this topic can be found here

Family engagement resources for digital citizenship can be found here

Mental Wellness

September 23: We shared a good old-fashioned pep talk with our students.

Each week: Students complete a Care and Connect Survey that asks them to reflect on how the week is going and to let us know if there is any additional support they need. 

Every Day: We have a Health and Wellness Website, just for our students. It has resources on stress management, anxiety and a variety of activities to promote wellness for students. (accessibly only with FCPS student log-in)