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Guidance Curriculum - what are my kids learning?

Guidance Curriculum
The guidance curriculum component consists of structured developmental lessons designed to assist students in achieving the competencies and is presented systematically through classroom and group activities.

Cheney School District has adopted a counselor curriculum for students at each grade level. Each year your student will be taught lessons in the classroom on a variety of topics depending on their grade level. Please review the information below and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


1st grade students will be learning all about problem solving with Kelso the frog. Students will learn how to decide if a problem is big or small and will practice using 9 different problem solving strategies. 


Pre School, Kindergarten, and 2nd grade students will use the Second Step curriculum; Second Step teaches skills that help children get along with other people and do better in school. Second Step lessons are divided into three main areas:

  • Empathy - Children learn about feelings and ways to show understanding towards others.
  • Impulse Control - Children learn new ways to solve problems and practice skills such as apologizing and making new friends.
  • Anger Management - Children learn how to manage angry feelings in ways that do not hurt others.


3rd and 5th grades use a program called Steps to Respect.  Students learn steps that help prevent bullying in school while learning to improve friendships. Steps to Respect lessons are divided into three main areas:

  • Recognizing bullying. - Students will learn the difference between bullying and conflict.
  • Refusing bullying. - Children learn how to stand up for themselves or for others in a bullying situation.
  • Reporting bullying. - Children learn the difference between tattling and reporting and that bullying must always be reported to a grown up.


Our 4th graders will use the Too Good for Drugs curriculum. The program is designed to provide students with skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need for positive development to keep them from initiating drug use keeping the school community drug free. We will address the following areas:

  • Social and emotional competency
  • Personal efficacy
  • Attitudes towards drug use
  • Perception of harm/risk related to drug use


Each grade level will also have lessons on personal safety and digital citizenship in the spring. If you have questions about the curriculum or would like to preview some sample lessons, please don’t hesitate to call.