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Leader in Me/PBIS

Leader in Me

Each student at Westridge is considered a leader in their own way. We believe that each student has leadership skills, and we focus on eight habits from The Leader in Me to help them become effective leaders and work well with others.

These eight habits are a part of our teaching, and they are connected to our schoolwide approach called PBIS, our Guidance curriculum, and Essential Life Skills. Students get chances to set goals, track their progress, work together with classmates and adults, celebrate their achievements, and take on leadership roles in the classroom or school.

Here are the 8 Habits we focus on:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw
  8. Find Your Voice

The Leader in Me is a proven school improvement model created by Franklin Covey. It gives our students the leadership and life skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. Using the PBIS and Leader in Me language at home helps support these skills, and each student plays a positive role in our learning community at Westridge.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

At Westridge Elementary, we use something called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to make our school a safe and positive place. This means we teach and encourage good behavior from the start.

We have clear rules, and we teach these rules during our morning meetings in the first few weeks of school. These rules cover different areas including classroom time, during lunch and recess, and when it's time to leave. We call these rules The Westridge Way, and they're about being respectful, responsible, and safe.

Following The Westridge Way helps us create a great learning community where everyone feels well and safe.