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Social and emotional wellness

The Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School recognizes that social, emotional and behavioral issues can impact learning and academic performance.

To further support student success, the school has a Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) Facilitator to assist in identifying and meeting students' social, emotional and physical needs.

As SEW Facilitator, Mrs. Sarah Mootz plays a critical role in supporting the school in the implementation of a wellness regime that focuses on the whole child, whole school and whole community. As the SEW facilitator, Mrs. Sarah Mootz conducts a push-in program in all K. L. Rutherford classrooms on a five-day rotation. She teaches lessons on social emotional wellness, which address topics such as identifying feelings and appropriate expression, social skills, teamwork, empathy, compassion, anti-bullying and respect. She also incorporates yoga and mindfulness activities into her lessons as a way to teach our students ways to self-calm, focus, and become more in tune with their bodies and emotions. Each teacher participates with Mrs.Mootz in her lessons.
The benefits of social emotional learning are vast. They include helping the students to find an outlet for their feelings so that they are more able to focus on learning. It also helps them to deal with social conflict and feel a stronger sense of community and belonging in our school.

Sew Newsletter

December 2017


Mrs. Sarah Mootz has been a teacher at the Rutherford school for the past 10 years, where she has taught fourth and first grade. Outside of Rutherford, Mrs. Mootz enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Quarterly newsletters will keep you updated on the topics being covered in the Social Emotional Wellness, (SEW), classes.