On Dec. 21, 2016, John Weldon Elementary hosted their first Leadership Day, which was an opportunity for students to display their leadership skills and demonstrate how they incorporate the Seven Habits of Leadership into their daily lives. Those habits are ‘being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, seeking first to understand, and then to be understood, synergizing, and sharpening the saw.’ Students stepped up to embrace the skills that will position them as the new leaders of their generation.
“Our students are acquiring abilities that will have a tremendous impact on their lives, their work ethic, and their character,” said Principal Bryan Howse. “This was a day where families, board members, staff, and community members witnessed those that will be the future leaders of our country, our jobs, and our communities. It’s a very rewarding experience.”
From the beginning stages of planning through the end of the event, it was clear that all of the students who took part in this day took it just as seriously as the faculty and administrators involved. Students played an important role in planning the event, and presented in front of the guests that attended.
There were three sessions in individual classrooms, and each included students sharing information about various school-wide leadership teams at John Weldon. Students touched on topics such as classroom leadership roles, goal setting, and mission statements.
They presented on the leadership roles that they have in the school including being office leaders and greeter leaders. As part of these roles, students also give tours of the school to new students. They also presented on Student Lighthouse, which is a team of two representatives from each grade level that takes the suggestions and requests from the student body to implement school-wide service projects and spirit days.
“The community, faculty and staff, and families saw the value that this day brought to our future leaders at John Weldon,” said Howse. “We are looking forward to hosting another Leadership Day in the future to continue this process of developing critical skills for students.”