Building Blocks of Leadership at Warren Elementary

Posted on 03/01/2016
Warren Elementary strives to develop leadership in their students. One great way Warren was able to showcase the student leadership was to host their second annual Building Blocks of Leadership event on Feb. 19. Parents, family members, and even local city officials were in attendance to see the kind of leaders Warren is crafting.


The school even has leadership in their motto, “At Warren Elementary, we are learners and leaders for life.” But leadership is way more than a catchy slogan; it’s a way of life. And the Warren gymnasium was full of those eager to learn about what our future leaders look like, including Cottleville Mayor Jim Hennessey. Click here to see a gallery of the pictures from that day.


Warren Principal Michele Christopher said, “Once each year we are joined by guests to share all of our work with the ‘7 Habits’ and our commitment toward being a ‘Leader in Me Lighthouse School.’ Participants gain a better understanding of the ‘7 Habits’ and how they are incorporated into our daily learning, witness student achievement through data notebooks, and discover the joys of being aLeader in Me’ school.”


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The event was comprised of two sessions to better accommodate the attendees – and there was much to see and enjoy. The idea was for these students to show their family and friends the great habits the student-leaders at Warren have been constructing, building off each of these leadership habits to lay a positive foundation in these future leaders.

Students offered testimonials to help others learn about the leadership roles they are taking on at Warren, such as the Greeter Leaders, the Melody Makers, or the Savvy Speakers. Each group has their roles, and each were able to showcase their skills to the attendees. The Melody Makers sang some songs to brighten the day, all the while helping further explain the leadership lessons they are acquiring. Then the Greeter Leaders led the attendees to classrooms, where stations were set up to show more about what the kids are learning about leadership. It truly was a Warren family coming together.

 LIM 2  “We have teachers working overtime,” Christopher said, “custodians moving tables and chairs, teacher leaders checking equipment, secretaries handling pre-registrations and name badges, and Lighthouse Team members working diligently with individual student leadership groups. But mostly, we are so proud of our students! They help plan and organize the day, decorate, greet adults, share their academic and personal goals, and much more! They truly shine!”

After the classroom tours, visitors were treated to some snacks and beverages, served by another leadership group at Warren, the Café Crew. Christopher said, It is the goal of every ‘Leader in Me School’ to achieve transformational results and to qualify for ‘Lighthouse School’ status by meeting a set of rigorous requirements.” There are nine categories in which a Lighthouse School must be exemplary, and this event shows how close Warren is to earning that status. “Warren Elementary will be the first Francis Howell school to apply for this prestigious award during the 2016-17 school year.” Whether they achieve that status or not, the Warren community now knows what kind of leaders it is developing.

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