Leader in Me

Newsletter for Parents

New "Leader in Me" program at Dudley!

As you know, our staff at Dudley has been trained in Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and we are now a "Leader in Me" school. This means that we believe that EVERY child at Dudley can be a leader, and we are infusing the 7 Habits into our curriculum and culture! We will be sending home monthly newsletters to share more about "Leader in Me" and how you can begin teaching these habits at home as well!

Stephen Covey's 7 Habits

Habit 1: Be Proactive (You're in Charge)

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind (Have a Plan)

Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)

Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood (Listen Before you Talk)

Habit 6: Synergize (Together is Better)

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

Leadership Initiatives at Dudley...

Dress for Success Days: First one is Friday, November 22nd. Students are invited to dress up to feel more like a leader! Our first day is called "Be Proactive Day"

Leadership Luncheons: Mrs. Newell is eating with students who are showing positive leadership qualities. They are eating delicious food on fancy china!

Caught Being a Leader Awards: We have changed our Character Captain Awards to

"Caught Being a Leader" Awards. Students are given this award if a teacher sees them acting like a leader!

Career Cafe: 4th and 5th grade students participate in Career Cafe, where local leaders come and speak to students about their job and the skills they need to be successful in the future.

Leader of the Week: Some teachers are picking "Leaders of the Week" in their classrooms. The Leader of the Week is a student that consistently follows the 7 habits.

Student Greeters: We are teaching all of our students how to look students and adults in the eye, give them a firm handshake, and say "good morning, how are you?"

Public Speaking: Students are beginning to write speeches and practice public speaking on the announcements and at school assemblies.

Leader in Me Resources

There are many ways you can learn more about the Leader in Me:

Our library at Dudley has books available for you to check out on the 7 Habits.

You can go to our website and click on "Leader in Me" to find some video clips of how our school and other schools are implementing this program. http://dudley.frco.k12.va.us/leader-in-me

The Leader in Me website has lots of information, as well as a Parent's Page.


Leader in Me also has a facebook page.


We had many student leaders help with our Veteran's Day Assembly this week

We will continue to inform you about the 7 Habits at Dudley. Thank You!