Whole Child

School-Wide Expectations

At Cory, we believe the student, teacher and parent culture is crucial for academic success.  We can define consistent practices across our school that support students’ growth and development as learners and people. We work on staff culture through practices that encourage collaboration and are grounded in our vision and mission to ultimately serve our students better.  We build authentic and lasting relationships within the school community through a focus on social-emotional learning and mindfulness practices to support respectful, caring and responsible actions.

Each teacher has a Classroom Management Plan in place to guide and support students academically and behaviorally. The following are preventative measures we have in place to ensure student safety.


Cory is committed to providing a safe and secure school environment for all students. We believe students should be able to learn in an environment that is free from threats, harassment and any type of bullying behavior, including cyber-bullying. Students who engage in any act of bullying are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion, and referral to law enforcement.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of coercion or intimidation to obtain control over another person or to cause physical, mental or emotional harm to another person. Bullying can occur through written, verbal or electronic means or by a physical act or gesture.

To protect students, Cory and DPS have several procedures and policies in place.

  1. Bullying will not be tolerated in our school, buses or during school-sponsored activities.
  2. Bullying is classified as harassment and may constitute a violation of civil rights when it is based on color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
  3. Students who engage in bullying will face disciplinary action and, depending on the severity and pattern, may be suspended or expelled, or referred to law enforcement.
  4. We have procedures for investigating all reported incidents of bullying.
  5. The School psychologist is available to assist students (both victims and offenders of bullying).
  6. The 2nd Step Program is taught in all of our classrooms and is used as a preventative measure for bullying.  SEE 2nd Step Program below for more information.
  7. For more resources on bullying, see How Families Can Help on the DPS Policies and Procedures Page.
  8. Teach your child to tell a trusted adult at school or at home if he or she, or another student, has been bullied.

If, at any time, your child feels unsafe at school, please contact their teacher and/or the principal right away. It is difficult for the school to intervene if we are unaware of situations occurring. If your child feels uncomfortable telling someone at school, they can contact Safe2Tell, a way in which students or parents can make an anonymous report.

Personal Success Factors

We believe in educating the whole child and paying attention to the social/emotional needs of all students. By integrating an evidence-based Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Program with our Bullying Prevention and Child Protection Units, we have formed a cohesive foundation for a safe and supportive learning environment. Students gain the skills they need to become caring, confident, and capable learners and problem-solvers. Together, we can achieve real and lasting results.  At Cory, we want to build the whole child through:

  • Curiosity
  • Gratitude
  • Grit
  • Optimism
  • Self-Control
  • Social Intelligence
  • Zest
Second Step

During Homeroom Community Time, teachers use the 2nd Step Curriculum. Each grade level features developmentally appropriate ways to teach core social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, problem-solving, self-regulation, and executive function skills.  We believe that this program will give students the skills to know how to be an up-stander for themselves and other students as well as prevent bullying.

Second Step provides instruction in social and emotional learning with units on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and problem-solving.  The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

  1. Skills for Learning:  Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
  2. Empathy:  Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
  3. Emotion Management:  Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
  4. Problem Solving:  Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful.

First Fridays

First Fridays happen on the first Friday of every month.  We focus on Mindfulness, Personal Success Factors, Problem-solving, student shout-outs, and building school-wide common language to support social learning.  Primary will begin at 12:20 pm and intermediate will be at 1:10 pm. Each assembly will last about 20 minutes. First Fridays will support and build upon morning meeting topics.

Homeroom/Community Meeting

Responsive Classroom Meetings is an engaging way to set the tone each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Students and teachers gather in a circle for 10-15 minutes and interact with one another to support Mindfulness, Personal Success Factors, and Cory expectations.

Riding the Waves- Suicide Prevention

Riding the Waves is a suicide prevention curriculum for 5th-grade students that focuses on strong social, coping, and emotional skills. It addresses emotional development as well as depression and anxiety. One of the key concepts in Riding the Waves is that everyone experiences levels of stress, and that we can use coping skills to combat stress and depression. Riding the Waves also teaches students how to recognize the need for additional support and how to seek help when needed for themselves or for a friend.