March, 27th (2014)
This week we launched another part of our achievement skill program at Enosburg Falls Middle School. During our once per month community meeting with the entire school, 8th grade leaders from each of our advisories helped to organize the present for the entire school. We enjoyed the sounds of Pharrell William's Happy while we were taking our seats in the auditorium and also viewed clips from The Science of Character.
-8th grade TA council prepared a presentation to explain each out achievement skills (Perseverance, Integrity, Kindness, Optimism, and Self-Control). The students used definitions, memes, celebrity icons, and examples of the skill in action here at school in their presentation.
-We ordered a banner to be posted in the hallway. The banner will hold "star moments". Star moments are marked with smaller stars to celebrate good work. Star moments can be submitted to be displayed by students for other students, adults for students, or students for adults. Here is our first round of star moments:
-In addition to "Star Moments" we will honor an achievement "ALL-STAR" each month. An all-star can be a student or adult from our school community or beyond. An all-star is someone that embodies one of the achievement skills and can serve as a standout example for others. Our core teachers will review nominations on monthly basis and choose one or two "all-stars" per month. All-Stars are honored during our community meeting, and we will ask that they give a little speech as well. All-Stars will be given a black hooded Enosburg sweatshirt as visual indicator of their honor. Nominations are accepted online by clicking here:
Our first ever All-Star was Mr. Chris Brigham. Mr. Brigham serves as EFMHS's athletic director. In a survey of area education leaders, Mr. Brigham was nominated more than anyone else. He was chosen as an all-star of optimism! He gave a fantastic speech to the students and is a great first all-star. Mr. Brigham was introduced by JROTC instructor, Colonel Peter O'Connell who described all the extra work Mr. Brigham does to improve our school community. He also mentioned his perpetual smile, and Mr. Brigham's well deserved nickname, "Yoda". Thanks to both of our guests for getting us off to such a great start!