• Northridge Essential 25

    The Essential 25 offers opportunities to learn and practice social emotional skills to prepare for college and career readiness. Students will become intrinsically motivated to do their best and take responsibility for creating and sustaining a positive environment for our community. This supports the Northridge Mission of encouraging a love of learning and cultivating academic and personal growth.

    1. If you are first to a door, hold the door open for others.
    2. When you bump into someone, you should both say “Excuse me,” regardless of fault. If someone falls, help them up.
    3. Always say thank you when given something. It’s important to show appreciation no matter what you think of the gift. 
    4. When in a line face forward, voices off, and keep your hands to yourself. Do not cut; respect others’ personal space. 
    5. Transitions should be swift, quiet, and orderly.
    6. If someone wins a game or does something well, congratulate that person appropriately.
    7. Show table manners and follow the rules posted in the cafeteria.
    8. If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return. It is polite to show others that you are as interested in them as they are in you.
    9. When responding to someone use their name, make eye contact, and respond with respectful words. Just nodding your head is not acceptable. 
    10. Report to an adult any major issues you are experiencing with someone else. Advocate for yourself.
    11. Surprise others by performing acts of kindness.
    12. Be prepared. This includes coming to class with the necessary tools, and keeping track of personal belongings such as lunch boxes, jackets, and library books. 
    13. When tasks are assigned, start and complete with a positive attitude instead of moaning or complaining.
    14. Show manners in conversation with others. Avoid rolling your eyes or showing disrespectful gestures when agitated, frustrated, or upset.
    15. During discussions, respect other people’s comments, opinions, and ideas. When possible, make respectful “I” statements.
    16. Be respectful and responsible during assemblies. This means listen instead of talking when someone is speaking, ignore distractions, and don’t distract others.
    17. If you win or do well at something, be humble instead of bragging. If you lose, show good sportsmanship instead of anger.
    18. Everyone should work together to keep the school clean.
    19. While you are with a substitute teacher, follow the rules given to you along with regular classroom expectations.
    20. No matter what the circumstances, always be honest. Even if you have done something wrong, honesty is the best policy. 
    21.  Be positive. Some things just aren't worth getting upset over. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life. Be the best person you can be.
    22. Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.
    23. Do your best to include others with respect and kindness. 
    24. Stand up for what you believe in. Be an upstander not a bystander. 
    25. Respectfully mind your own business. All students are entitled to privacy, especially during important conversations with adults.