LEARN · LEAD · LOVE
Message from our Principal
Red Ribbon Week takes place each year from October 23 through 31. Not only is it the nation's largest and longest running drug-use prevention campaign, it was started in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents that were convinced they should play a leadership role in drug prevention. Today, schools around the nation have dress-up days and take time to educate children about the importance of living a healthy, drug-free life.
Red Ribbon Dress-Up Days:
- Monday: “We are always RED-y to be drug free!” (wear red)
- Tuesday: “Drugs are so OLD school!” (dress as an elderly person or dress from a previous decade)
- Wednesday: “Drugs are like a fashion DISASTER!” (dress tacky/mix and match)
- Thursday: “Drugs can’t FIND us!” (dress in camouflage)
- Friday: “We are saying “BOO” to drugs!” (dress in Halloween colors or costume--no masks/hoods with your costume)
Red Ribbon Week is yet another opportunity to live our mission of empowering students to LEARN, LEAD, and LOVE through partnerships with families and community.
Speaking of leadership, Ms. Portis (our school counselor) worked with student leaders (see pictures below) to prepare and present lessons supporting our STOP bullying efforts.
First Semester Dates
- October 25 - 29 - Red Ribbon Week
- November 11 - Veterans Day (schools closed)
- November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break (schools closed)
- December 20-January 4 - Winter Break (schools closed)
For additional dates, you can access this link for the 2021-2022 district calendar.
New Teacher Highlight
New Tribe System
As part of our school community, we are doing something new this year. We are implementing a new "Tribe System." All of our students and staff are randomly sorted into one of four groups — our learning and leadership communities for students. Schools with a system like this in place rave about the impact it has on the educational experience. Students report how it helps them form friendships and closer bonds with peers. Teachers note how students perform at higher levels as they earn points for demonstrating excellence both academically and behaviorally.
The Tribe System does the following:
- It creates a culture of belonging as students are recognized and cheered on by their peers for accomplishments that lift up the entire tribe. Throughout the year, parents and caregivers can also support their child's tribe as each tribe participates in various community service projects and competitions designed to be fun for all.
- It creates school-wide community by creating opportunities for students to connect to staff and students in other classes and grades that share their tribe. Older students learn how to be leaders by mentoring and supporting younger students. Mentoring extends to teachers and staff who are also assigned a tribe.
- It builds character through a reward system that goes beyond earning a piece of candy for doing something good. Each individual achievement adds to a collective group, making the reward communal and social. Schools with this system in place report seeing huge benefits as students realize the impact good character has on their overall well-being.