Message from the Elementary Principal

Dear Parents,

Kathy Mollenkopf Thank you for taking time to read this letter with the accompanying information. I know how busy life can become with its activities, daily homework, and additional work and church commitments.

I am sure that you are aware of the changes made by the Ohio Department of Education to implement more rigorous standards for public education in the state of Ohio. The new Common Core is certainly changing the face of education in Ohio. As educators, we are charged with making sure every student is college and/or career ready once they complete K-12 public education. For many, if not most elementary teachers, this is a major paradigm shift because we as elementary educators have not typically focused on college and/or career ready goals with younger children.

Last spring I began looking for a character and leadership program which would not only support the importance of academic instruction but also promote positive choices and decision-making, model good people skills, and give children a sense of community. My professional readings led me to a book by Stephen R. Covey called The Leader in Me.

The Leader in Me focuses on helping children develop the seven habits found in effective leaders. On the back side of this letter, I have included a list of the seven habits and the attributes under each habit. All of our teachers are aware of the seven habits and are working with children to teach them the habits and to embed the habits as an integral part of our school’s culture. Every student has within them the potential to embrace GREATNESS as they develop and grow in the seven habits found in effective leaders. Thus, our elementary school theme this year, “GREAT happens here”.

As Covey states in his book, “Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” This is my desire for our students!

I encourage you to support our character and leadership initiative. If you would like to borrow a book and read Stephen R. Covey’s The Leader in Me, please let me know. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher.

Kathy Mollenkopf

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