Welcome to Harborview Elementary School!
Tom McKenna, Principal
tom.mckenna@juneauschools.org

School Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Phone: (907) 523-1850
Fax: (907) 523-1899

To reach RALLY, call 523-1857.

From the Principal

8 hours ago

October, 2016

Teaching Children to Care: A Harborview Commitment


October is a good time to take stock of the important social teaching and learning that has been going on in all classrooms at Harboview. A shared commitment among all of our teachers is to help students build their self control, and their capacity to care for their peers in the classroom community. 


In her book Teaching Children to Care, Ruth Sidney Charney traces the word "discipline" to the Latin root disciplina, meaning "learning." Charney points to two basic goals in effective, caring discipline:

1. Creation of Self-Control
2. Creation of Community.

The education philosopher John Dewey wrote, "The ultimate aim of education is creation of the power of self-control." Harborview teachers model and teach self-control in contexts ranging from Morning Meeting activities to "think time" and "buddy classroom" spaces for students to reflect and--with time and guidance-- to regain self-control. We invite you to share this language with your child, and point out the power of self-control where you might see it together. 

A key to creating a community is teaching children the value of caring--caring for themselves, for their work, for their peers, and for the welfare of the classroom and school community. We teach this as we guide students to know names, to take turns, to share, to problem-solve, to welcome others into play and work,  and to help make things right when mistakes are made. If your child receives a "TAG" referral, know that stands for "Teach and Guide," and know, too, that he or she will be in conversation with a caring adult about what kinds of choices might have been better, and what might be done to make the situation better. 

Whether your child has an easy or difficult time with self-control and caring for community, we welcome you into the conversation. As adults, we do well to set clear boundaries to help young people to recognize their power of self-control, and their capacity for care and generosity. Your thoughtful conversation in support of these two goals will go a long way to launching your child on a more fully engaged, purposeful, and caring journey through the years of school. 



August, 2016

Dear Harborview Families,

Welcome to the new school year! As I start my second year as principal, I’m full of gratitude for all of the work and care and kindness each of you brings to supporting our young people. In these opening weeks, teachers have been collaborating to share practices from the Responsive Classroom repertoire of social and emotional learning strategies.


We have reserved a 20-minute slot at the beginning of the day for all grade levels to participate in the 
Responsive Classroom practice of Morning Meeting. Although it’s a challenge to fit in all the components of Morning Meeting every day, we’re striving to greet students with an interactive written message, to practice friendly and fun peer greetings within the class, and to create time and structure for sharing and a group activity.

In addition to providing these supports for students’ social and academic success, our leadership team has set some ambitious goals for the year ahead. See our School Action Plan for details.  I look forward to getting to know each of your students and your families over the course of the year. Feel free to make an appointment with me via our office staff to drop in and get acquainted.

Yours in Learning,

Tom McKenna

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