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Woodvale Elementary - They’re Growing Leaders!

Apr 05, 2016 10:37AM ● By Press Release

Woodvale Elementary School recently held their annual Leadership Day, highlighting the leadership capabilities of their students. 

In attendance were parents and community leaders who were greeted by student ambassadors and group leaders from various grade levels. The program began with a televised broadcast of school news and announcements being aired throughout the school on WSN (Woodvale Synergy Network), a student-run network originating from the library. Immediately following the broadcast, group leaders escorted the visitors to multiple stations

around school to view classrooms, student programs, science lab, and the WSN set; in addition to meeting with a student advisory panel to discuss their interpretations of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids program derived from The Leader In Me*. Throughout the program, students interacted with the adult visitors, engaging in conversation and sharing their accomplishments, data collection and experiences as leaders of their school, community and families.

Principal, Monique Vidos states, “It’s been three years since we [Woodvale] introduced the Leader in Me program to our faculty and students. During this time, we’ve definitely noticed an increased effort to achieve and maintain school-wide goals. It’s been amazing to see our students mature and take on leadership roles.”

Assistant Principal, Christy Hayes explains, “These kids are the leaders of the future. They’re 

going to make a difference in the world someday—a positive difference; you can’t put that into numbers or statistics.”

Woodvale is one of only a handful of public elementary schools in the parish with an “A” rating from the LA State Department of Education and there are lots of things the school could boast about. However, ask almost any staff member and they’ll tell you, “We’re growing Leaders at Woodvale!”

What are the 7 Habits of Happy Kids?

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

* The 7 Habits of Happy Kids and The Leader In Me™ is a Franklin Covey whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.