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May 14, 2012

Polk Avenue plans year-end Leadership Day


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Posted by: mharrington

May 14th, 2012

LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary will host a year-end Leadership Day on Wednesday (May 16) to celebrate its ongoing success in “The Leader in Me” program.

“The Leader in Me” process helps schools build on leadership skills found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Each year, Polk Avenue emphasizes leadership skills in students and staff.

Wednesday’s program will include singing and drumming in the morning as guests arrive for breakfast and a brief overview with Principal Gail Quam. From 8:50-10:30 a.m., student leaders and staff will perform in a special program that explains the Seven Habits and how they apply to Polk Avenue Elementary:

  • 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 and then be understood (Listen before you talk)
  • Habit #6 Synergize (Together is better)
  • Habit #7 Sharpen the saw (Balance is best)

After the program in the auditorium, visitors will make classroom visits and observations.

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LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary hosted its second annual Leadership Day in May (May 15) and gave visitors a chance to experience “leadership” through the eyes of students.

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“The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment. It helps unleash each child’s full potential,” explained Principal Gail Quam. Polk Avenue Elementary has been working for several years to implement The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®. Both teachers and students study and use the leadership principles daily.
Members of the community heard from fourth graders about their St. Jude’s Leadership Project that has raised more than $1,200. Visitors also watched videos created by third graders, viewed the first grade play, and were serenaded by the Cardinal Chorus.

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Next, Lighthouse Team students led small groups to different areas of the school. At the Wax Museum, visitors met different historical figures, as recreated by Donna Burns’ students. Then, Melissa Kelly’s reading group transformed into scientists and explained their contributions to our world. Little Cardinal Leadership Academy students paired with fifth graders to demonstrate the Pre-K Pals program where older students read to younger students. Finally, guests saw how second graders track their own progress using data notebooks.
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PHOTO #1: Teacher Melissa Kelly and her science students.

PHOTO #2: Student Sebastian Melton represented Sitting Bull as part of the PALS Wax Museum.

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PHOTO #3: Members of the Cardinal Chorus.