I.S.303 Academy for Career Exploration

 High Expectations. No Excuses! 

Leader in Me & Habits of Highly Effective Students

Dear Families and Friends!

             The I.S. 303 Staff is excited to introduce a new program, which we believe will have a profound effect on the staff, students, and community of our school. I.S. 303 is in the initial stages of becoming a Leader in Me school where students are taught and practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The introducing and reinforcing the 7 Habits, a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

              This fall, we will be implementing The Leader in Me program as an introduction to personal leadership. The Leader in Me provides students with activities that will help them learn practical character and life skills that will lead to those positive choices. Written to appeal to their age level, students are presented with fun activities designed to get them thinking.

              Your child is about to embark on an exciting journey and our hope is that you will ask your student how he/she is doing along the way. Having your student re-teach the content to you will give him/her an even deeper understanding and will give both of you an opportunity to learn together!

              When taught and practiced in a school environment, the 7 habits have been proven to improve academic engagement, comprehensive, and performance by strengthening individual work habits and improving social interactions. They help improve student performance and support school success by helping to foster the qualities of independence (goal-setting, organization, time management, and planning); interdependence (teamwork, conflict management, creativity, and analytical skills); and renewal ( fun, desire to learn, and good health & hygiene).

              The staff of I.S. 303 has made the commitment to model and implement the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in order to provide a caring and nurturing learning environment for our students. Teaching students and developing leaders is what we do! Through the teaching of the 7 Habits,  your staff is working together with students to create a school that maintains the dignity of children through productive interactions while fostering positive relationships with parents and other community members. We have attached hereto an overview of the habits that we would encourage you to use at home with your child.

              Please save the date of November 27, 2017 as our teachers and students who launched our Leader Me seven habits to our school community at large will be honored at our PTA Meeting.

Mr. Michael Young

Dean of Students

   The goal for this habit is to ensure that students and staff begin to do the right thing without being asked. Being proactive is a way of living that allows you to instinctively do what needs to be done and setting an example. For example- if you see a piece of trash on the ground, picking it up without being asked (because you know it is the right thing to do) is being proactive. Another example of being proactive is foreseeing future events that will occur and adjusting to the situation that will come.
   This habit can also be applied to homework. If you teacher give you all of your homework for the week on Monday but you know that you have swim lessons on Tuesday and Thursday, being proactive is working ahead so that you do not get behind on the work.

   This habit is used to focus on what you want to accomplish. If you look at your I.S. 303 planner and notice that you have a test on Friday, if you begin with the end in mind then you can start studying ahead of time rather than the day of or night before. This works the same for Report Cards. If you want to get an A in math this 9 weeks, you need to begin the 9 weeks with this in mind and continue to work towards this goal.

   Always prioritize what is important. Make sure that you do your homework before you go play outside. Complete your chores before you play video games. Study for your test before you call you friend. All of these are examples of putting first things first. Making a list of things that you know you need to get done and a list of things you want to get done then numbering them in order of importance is a great way to practice this habit!

  In life everyone wants to win! 'How can everyone be happy?' 'What can I do to help everyone succeed?' This habit focuses on helping students realize how to create success in all areas. Staying organized is a great way to practice this habit.
   This habit can also be applied to other aspects of school, especially recess. If you're playing 4-square but you have 5 people who want to play, what is a win-win situation that you can use to help everyone get a chance to play? What about in kickball and you have 7 people who want to play but need equal teams? What can you do to help everyone play/win? 

   Before you interject your opinion or comment, listen to the entire story. What is the person trying to say? What are they telling you? Do not be quick to judge because you may not know the entire story. This habit applies to many aspects but one example is clothing. Before you judge the person who is wearing the same shirt two days in a week, listen to their story. Their parents may have just lost their job, it may be their favorite shirt, or their Mom did laundry in the middle of the week and they forgot they wore it already that week. 

   This habit focuses on teamwork and working together. It is important that we take the time to listen to our teammates, classmates, or coworkers while we are working together. Bouncing ideas of each other, talking through difficult subjects, and making sure that we are all on the same path is important to being a leader. We all have something special and important to offer the group, this is the time to share it! 

    This is taking all the habits and self-evaluating and practicing them daily. Take the time for you and yourself to reflect and improve. What can you do tomorrow that was better than what you did today? How can you make sure that everyone wins? What did you do right this week? What can you improve on? Was your report card what you had hoped for?