Exciting News!!!!!

CHARLES A. LINDBERGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School was named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by the Franklin Covey Co.

Lighthouse status is a highly-regarded standard set by Franklin Covey, an external recognition of an internal transformation.  It is reserved for schools that have developed a great leadership culture that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. The attainment of the Lighthouse Milestone represents a significant benchmark and is evidence that a high standard of excellence has been met by a school.

Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process, based on the principles and practices of personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness.  All stakeholders are impacted by the Leader in Me, starting with the staff of a school, then expanding to students, their families and the community at large.

The Leader in Me includes training on establishing a vision for the school, goal setting, data tracking, and personal accountability systems and is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts.  The Leader in Me provides a logical, sequential, and balanced process to help schools proactively design a culture that reflects their vision. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems and culture.

Enter the halls of Lindbergh Elementary and experience a culture of change.  We at Lindbergh began our journey 3 years ago. The process of transforming the school culture to embrace the leadership potential in each child and staff member began with the staff receiving the signature training of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  Once the staff was trained, students received instruction on how these habits can make them more successful students, as well as productive citizens. This training also reaches into each student’s home, as parents are trained in the 7 habits in our monthly PTA meetings, 7 Habit activities that are sent home to work on as a family, all the while unifying the school-home relationship.  Our path to Lighthouse Status became a unifying force, a common goal, one that brought clarity, and truly built synergy. Staff and students set Wildly Important Goals, or WIGS. As we work to meet these goals, data is graphed and visible to students, staff and parents. Everyone takes ownership in the progress of meeting their personal and educational goals, which positively impacts our academic progress. The Leader in Me provides our school with the vision and language to lead the school in a way that addresses all areas of development.  As each child discovers and develops their unique gifts and talents, they are given opportunities to lead. As leaders, they become active, engaged partners in their own education and their self-confidence, responsibility and initiative grows. The children quickly understand the benefits of different gifts and talents; they learn to listen to new ideas, work together to achieve results, and motivate one another to be the best.

This year, we applied to be a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.  We worked together to provide evidence documentation that highlighted three main areas of growth; 1)Teaching Leadership Principles: in professional learning, students learning and family learning. 2) Creating a Leadership Culture: in our school environment, shared leadership and leadership events. 3)Aligning Academic Systems: in our school-wide goal achievement, student-led achievement and empowering instruction.        

This documentation gave us the ability to showcase all that we have accomplished over the three years.  Along with this evidence documentation, we received a full day visit from the Franklin-Covey team. During this visit the team met with students, staff and parents to check the fidelity of our efforts.  After this visit, the team’s findings and our evidence documentation was reviewed by a larger team, as well as Sean Covey. We are honored to be deemed a Lighthouse School by the Franklin-Covey organization.  At Lindbergh Elementary we “empower children to become a living difference, both in their own lives and within the world.”

National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On Thursday, May 2nd, Charles A. Lindbergh welcomed twelve new students into our Lindbergh chapter of National Elementary Honor Society. At this event, students were celebrated for their dedication to leadership, service, responsibility, and scholarship. The students participated in our first ever induction ceremony, where students and families were invited to attend. Following the ceremony, a celebratory reception was held.
The National Elementary Honor Society selects fourth and fifth graders who exhibit these four categories in the fall based upon teacher recommendations. We are looking forward to the future with this great organization, and will be seeking out great leaders next year to join this prestigious group.

DPS Strategic Planning-Community Survey

Greetings Dearborn Community,

Dearborn Public Schools Strategic Planning – Community Survey

Welcome to the Dearborn Public Schools Strategic Planning Survey

The Dearborn Public Schools Steering Committee is updating its Strategic Plan to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our schools and the values of the community.

Please share your thoughts on the mission and beliefs of our school district. The results of this survey will be carefully considered and used to facilitate collaborative discussion to guide the direction of Dearborn Public Schools in the next three to five years. Your contribution to this process is greatly appreciated.

The survey will close by the end of the day on Friday, May 10, 2019.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJGN7MQ

Chatting with the Superintendent-Follow-up

Thank you to everyone that participated in yesterdays Chatting with the Superintendent.  Please find below some additional information regarding the Academies model that was discussed.  If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Academies of Dearborn at Fordson 2018

Academy Presentation

Also, here is the link to High school choices from our district web page.
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