Junction City Elementary School has been teaching its students “The Seven Habits For Happy Kids”, as part of its Leadership In Me program, for the past five years, said principal Pam Shunk. It’s similar to the popular adult version of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” she said.
On Thursday, several school leaders were invited to JCES Leadership Luncheon where students gave presentations about what they’ve been learning, and shared notebooks and laptop programs where they track all of their academic and behavior accomplishments every week.
Through the program, with daily enforcement of the seven habits, students learn how to take responsibility for their actions, which has led to better student behavior and higher test scores, Shunk said.
“It’s finding every child’s unique gift,” Shunk said.
Boyle County Schools Superintendent Mike LaFavers shakes hands with Ryker Coffman as Ava Wright watches. They were greeting visitors to Junction City Elementary School’s Leadership luncheon on Thursday.
Boyle County Schools Superintendent Mike LaFavers is greeted by Ava Wright and Addy Barnes to Junction City Elementary School’s Leadership luncheon on Thursday. Photo by Robin Hart.
David Morris is signed into Junction City Elementary School’s leadership luncheon by Lighthouse team members Abigail Piscatelli and Jansen Barnes. Photo by Robin Hart.
Cyrus Tipton explains how he keeps track of his behavior on charts as part of the school’s Leadership in Me program to Pam Tamme. Photo by Robin Hart.
Logan Ball uses a laptop to keep a record of his school accomplishments for the Leadership in Me program at JCES. Ball was explaining how the program works to several adults who were treated to a luncheon at the school to learn more about the Leadership in Me program. Photo by Robin Hart.