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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Principal's Message Principal’s Message:  April 2019

Spring has sprung!  We are wrapping up the school year with our last quarter and a lot of happenings at Suffield Elementary!  Please be sure to check out all of the activities and events in the weekly newsletters that are emailed home each week.  

Although the year is winding down, we certainly are full steam ahead with learning and growing.  We are approaching state testing season.  Our students and staff have worked hard and are ready to show all that they know.  Check the school’s newsletter in the “Big Rocks” section to see when testing takes place for grades 3-5.

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, we have much to celebrate!!  After a careful and extensive leadership review, we received word that we are an official Leader in Me Lighthouse school!  

I cannot be more proud of the staff, students, and families who have helped us along our journey as we have transformed Suffield Elementary into what it has become today. It truly is a beacon of light to which others look for direction.

The Lighthouse Certification is a highly-regarded standard set by FranklinCovey that is attainable by every Leader in Me school. As it is a significant benchmark, applying for this certification typically occurs four to five years after a school begins the Leader in Me process.  Suffield is currently in year-4 of LIM.

The certification is evidence that Suffield has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the process with fidelity and excellence. It is also because of the extraordinary impact that Suffield Elementary has on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

Today, there are more than 300 schools around the world that have earned Lighthouse certification.  In Ohio there are fewer than 10 school who have received this honor by meeting the following criteria:
The principal, school administration and staff engage in ongoing learning and develop as leaders, while championing leadership for the school.
Leadership principles are effectively taught to all students through direct lessons, integrated approaches, and staff modeling. Students are able to think critically about and apply leadership principles.
Families and the school partner together in learning about the 7 Habits and leadership principles through effective communication and mutual respect.
The school community is able to see leadership in the physical environment, hear leadership through the common language of the 7 Habits, and feel leadership through a culture of caring, relationships, and affirmation.
Leadership is shared with students through a variety of leadership roles and student voice leads to innovations within the school.
Schoolwide, classroom, family and community leadership events provide authentic environments to celebrate leadership, build culture, and allow students to practice leadership skills.
The school utilizes The 4 Disciplines of Execution process to identify and track progress toward the high priority goals of the school, classroom, and staff members.
Students lead their own learning with the skills to assess their needs, set appropriate goals, and carry out action plans. They track progress toward goals in Leadership Notebooks and share these notebooks with adults in student-led conferences.
Teacher planning and reflection, trusting relationships, and student-led learning combine to create environments for highly engaged learning.
Leader in Me schools maintain their Lighthouse Certification for two years and continue to foster their growth in exemplifying a leadership culture. At the end of the two years, Suffield may recertify to maintain its Lighthouse Certification.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and dedication throughout our journey!

Mrs. Shawn Bookman
Suffield Elementary School
Field Local Schools | 2900 Door #5, State Route 43 | Mogadore, OH 44260 | Phone: 330.673.2659 | Fax: 330.673.0270
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