Francis Howell School District (FHSD) prides itself on bringing our community together, bridging the gap between school and home. Parents love to see what their kids are learning, and there’s no better way to give them a glimpse into the classroom than to host a family night.
“Family events are important because educating our students begins at home,” said Megan Beckham, assistant principal at Warren. “We know that parent engagement is essential to every student’s academic and personal success. Providing our families with more opportunities to engage with the 7 Habits and leadership principles, as well as learning how to integrate the 7 Habits at home, helps create the connection between what a child’s learning at home and the success they experience at school.”
In early November, Warren hosted their community for their “Leader in Me” Family Night. Several activities were designed to focus on the 7 Habits, which are highlights of the Leader in Me program, and attendance prizes were distributed as well.
Three major facets comprised the evening. First, families got to know more about each other through family team-building activities. They were also able to make 7 Habits trail mix together, and created a family mission statement.
Families also got know more about their community. Kids created Veterans Day decorations for local veterans, and visited with local police officers and firefighters to learn more about fire prevention, emergency preparedness, and cyber safety.
Then parents got to learn about their students and how they spend their days. Families explored student leadership notebooks and Warren’s school-wide “Wildly Important Goals,” which include one for Math and one for English Language Arts. Along with that, parents got a chance to learn more about Warren’s student leadership roles.
The school received tremendous feedback from parents about the evening, especially the firefighter and veteran activities, and a sincere desire for more events of this kind. While Warren is hoping to do another event during second semester, there will certainly be another chance to watch budding leadership with their own eyes.
“We are gearing up for our annual leadership day,” said Beckham, “which will be on February 22, and we will be inviting community members in to showcase our students’ leadership roles and so they can see the 7 Habits in action.” The kids, the leaders that they are, will be coming up with the theme for that day.
“We are excited for these opportunities,” Beckham said, “it gives parents the chance to see firsthand all the amazing leadership skills that are being instilled in our students at such a young age.”