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    Throughout the year our students will be learning about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. They will be learning how to find their voice and lead with their unique strengths through The Leader in Me process. This is a whole-school transformation model that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness.

    The Leader in Me helps students learn how to become self-reliant, take initiative, set and track goals, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express their viewpoint persuasively, resolve conflicts, value differences, and live a balanced life. In short, The Leader in Me helps students develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond.

    The Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, and educational models from past and current thought leaders including The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. These are key components of the overall Leader in Me process and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.

    During the first two weeks of school your child will be learning about all of the 7 Habits. Each month after that, we will focus on teaching one Habit for the entire month. This will allow students to have a greater understanding of each of the Habits. In September, we will devote the month to teaching and learning about Habit 1: Be Proactive. This habit is all about choice. Proactivity means that we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our own conscious choice, based on principles, rather than a product of our conditions, based on feelings. We can subordinate our feeling to principles. We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen. In many situations, our language sets the stage for our actions. If we constantly say "I can't...", "They won't let me...", "I have to...", etc. it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and we feel increasingly victimized and out of control. When we use this reactive language, we blame outside forces such as other people and circumstances for our own situation. If you find yourself in this pattern, try to make the conscience effort to substitute that reactive language with phrases like "I can", "I get to", I want to", etc. Ultimately, we must focus on things we can control instead of the things we have no control over.

    Sincerely,

    Scott P. Knoebel

    Scott P. Knoebel