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Sanger Unified School District

Second Step is a classroom-based program designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem-solve and make responsible decisions.  Second Step includes research-supported bullying prevention strategies.



Dear Family,

We want your child to be as successful as possible at school.  Success in school is not just about reading and math.  It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others.  We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills.

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emotion management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
  • Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.
Your child will be learning a lot this year – and he or she will need your help!  Throughout the year, your child will be bringing home Home Links that go with several of the second step lessons.  Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together.  They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows.

If you have any questions about the Second Step program, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher for more information.  Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life.

P.S.  Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the activation key that corresponds to your child’s grade level below to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning.

Family Activation Keys
Kindergarten - SSPK FAMI LY70
1st Grade - SSP1 FAMI LY71
2nd Grade - SSP2 FAMI LY72
3rd Grade - SSP3 FAMI LY73
4th Grade - SSP4 FAMI LY74
5th Grade - SSP5 FAMI LY75
6th Grade - SSP6 FAMI LY76
7th Grade - SSP7 FAMI LY77
8th Grade - SSP8 FAMI LY78