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Middle/High Wellness Program

TTUSD has created wellness programming to meet the specific needs of our middle and high school students.

Self-Regulation Education:

Research has shown that children struggle to learn when their nervous systems are dysregulated, making it hard for them to focus, process new information and control their behavior. Nervous system dysregulation can occur from a wide variety of experiences, ranging from not getting enough sleep, to a pet dying, to conflict within the home or friend group, to more serious forms of trauma.

  • Mindfulness - Students can utilize guided meditations, breathing tools, sensory materials and mindful movement to release stress, find presence and bring their minds and bodies back to a regulated state. 

  • Heart Math - HeartMath technology is an innovative approach to improving emotional wellbeing. Students use a heart rate sensor connected to a computer program where they can visually see their heart rhythm pattern and learn techniques to create physiological coherence; a scientifically measurable state where a student can achieve central nervous system regulation, allowing them to return to class ready to learn.

Peer Mentoring Programs:

  • TTUSD utilizes a variety of peer mentoring programs to empower more experienced students to support their less experienced peers in a structured environment.

    • Middle School: WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th/7th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. The program trains mentors from 8th grade classes to be WEB Leaders, who guide the 6th/7th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school.

    • High School: Link Crew - is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. The program trains junior and senior mentors to be Link Crew Leaders and guides freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school.  

    • HOPE Squad: Hope Squad: a middle/high school peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. The program reduces the risk of youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. 

    • Athlete Committed: The Athlete Committed Program provides support to athletes, coaches and parents. The goal of this program is to promote athletic excellence and reduce youth exposure to substance use. Athlete Committed Peer Leaders organize trainings and workshops to educate their peers and younger students about healthy lifestyle choices. This program was developed by Butte County, and we have partnered with them in support of Athlete Committed.

Student Support Groups:

  • TTUSD Wellness Staff work in partnership with School Counselors to understand and identify student needs, offering student support groups to build skills that meet those needs. Student support groups are targeted and require a referral by school Administrator, Counselor and/or Wellness Staff. Examples of support groups include:  social skills, mindfulness, friendship groups, restorative circles, EL newcomer, Latinas Club, and Positively Rolling. To learn more about student support groups at your child’s school, please visit Our Wellness Centers and find a link to your child's Wellness Center.

Middle/High Pride Club:

  • TTUSD takes pride in being a safe and supportive space for all students to learn. This is reinforced with our middle/high Pride Clubs, whose goal is to create and maintain a safe, inclusive, and judgment-free zone for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. The acronym LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and more! Anyone is welcome, not just members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Harm Reduction Workshops/Education:

  • School Counselors, Wellness Staff and Community Partners work together to  provide Harm Reduction Education to help students reduce risk around drug and alcohol use, including Vapes/E-Cigarettes, Prescription Drugs, Fentanyl/Opioids and Narcan/Naloxone Use. 

  • Students can participate in harm reduction groups focused on drug and alcohol risk reduction

    • SBIRT Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment 

    • MBSAT: Mindfulness Based Substance Abuse Treatment for adolescents

    • SMART Recovery: an evidence-based addiction recovery for youth/teens.