Under the guidance of Depew Middle School’s Sal Carlino, and help from several teachers, and middle school counselor Belinda Westfield, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students were invited to a leadership day in August.
Nineteen students took time out of their busy summer to come in and work on projects, which highlighted the 7 Habits. They were broken into three teams, and spent the day creating a welcome sign, posters and an adult questionnaire. The welcome sign had the names of every student, teacher, administrator and support staff that are housed in the middle school.
They used book cutouts for all the students, and apple cutouts for the staff, labeling the sign Once Upon a Wildcat. The students even created posters highlighting the 7 Habits, which are posted around the building.
Finally, students devised a questionnaire called About Me, which was given to all the adults in the building. The questions were a way for the students to not only learn about their teachers, but also the other adults in the building they may come in contact with during the day.
The idea of this event was to foster a feeling of family and belonging in the middle school. Nearly all the students returned on Sept. 5 to put the welcome signs and the 7 Habit posters together.
This was just the first of many activities that are planned for the middle school by the Lead club.
The Leader in Me program, which began two years ago under the direction of Teachers on Special Assignment’s Pay Uhteg (Cayuga Heights) and Kelly Jeffords (high school), recently added Depew Middle School’s Sal Carlino.
Carlino, who teaches seventh grade social studies, has taken on the role of TOSA to continue efforts of incorporating the 7 Habits in the middle school – which began with Uhetg and Jeffords.