Euclid Schools families,
We’re preparing your children to be leaders.
In fact, students at Shoreview Elementary School are so excited to take on additional responsibilities that they fill out applications for a chance to be a leader.
Shoreview, a Leader in Me school, selects 3rd to 5th graders who volunteer for roles ranging from office helper and morning announcements to ambassador and reading buddy. Assistant Principal Becky Mamich reported this week that more than 100 students applied.
Interested students write down their top two choices. They tell what qualities or experiences they have that will help them fill the position and why they are the best person to fill it.
It’s an opportunity to encourage children to start thinking about their futures, both what jobs they may want to do and what they will have to do to get a job.
It also encourages students to take ownership of the school.
“Students get a sense of pride,” said Mrs. Mamich.
The Leader in Me is a whole-school improvement model that empowers students with the belief that everyone can be a leader. Shoreview’s Leader in Me program is an example of the work that Euclid Schools is doing to prepare your children to be tomorrow’s leaders.
The student jobs encourage children to think about work and their futures. They teach those soft skills that will be important as the children become adults.
Another type of real-world learning is taking place at Bluestone Elementary. Students are learning first-hand from where their food comes.
Over the years the Bluestone staff has turned their courtyard garden into an extension of their classrooms. They replaced ferns and bushes with flowers and vegetables as well as apple trees and blackberry bushes.
Students “put the garden to bed” for the season this week as they picked produce and pulled out plants as a service lesson. Two children from each classroom get to spend 30-40 minutes working in the garden.
First-grade teacher Susan Galandiuk, a gardener herself, heads up the program. She talks about how excited children are to watch the vegetables grow and then pick them.
“They love being out there,” she said. “The look on their faces when they discover something is priceless.”
Mrs. Galandiuk said she hopes that seeing something growing in the garden will encourage them to try new foods. She also hopes they learn to enjoy and respect nature.
This project came about because our staff saw a need and put together a plan to address it. They wrote grants, asked for donations, raised money and volunteered their time and talents.
Research shows that school gardens teach students good eating habits as well as science and math skills. They also get students moving and outside.
You won’t find projects like this listed anywhere on state standards or report cards, but they stand as an example of the kind of work we do to make sure students are engaged.
Notes from Around the District