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Principal's Message

Principal's Message
Principal's Message
Principal's Message

“We only get one chance to prepare children for a world none of us can possibly predict, what are we going to do with that one chance?”

      —Principal Muriel Summers, A.B. Combs Elementary

We at Suffield Elementary are "changing the world" one child at a time and focused on students becoming leaders of our school and world. For the 2016-2017 school year we continue with the implementation of The Leader in Me. We are currently in year 2 of this amazing adventure!

"The Leader in Me is Franklin-Covey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader."

Throughout the past 2 school years, students have been learning about the 7 Habits and applying them in school and at home. We have seen students show their leadership skills in the LEAD groups which they have been a part of on a bi-weekly basis. They have also demonstrated leadership in school programs and presentations throughout the school year. New this year is the implementation of various Leadership Roles throughout the school. The past school year allowed students to show off their leadership skills in a Leadership Day workshop attended by nearly 100 professional educators throughout the state of Ohio. Students will have this same opportunity again on May 16th.

Student-led conferences are another great thing happening since The Leader in Me has been implemented at Suffield. Students are setting personal and academic goals and choosing lead measures to help them achieve these goals. They keep track of their progress towards these goals in their Leadership Notebooks. This helps students "Begin with the End in Mind" and remember to "Put First Things First" as they work toward achieving these goals.

"Instead of seeing children through the lens of a normal distribution curve—some kids are naturally smart and others are not—The Leader in Me paradigm sees that every child is capable, every child is a leader. This paradigm changes everything."

Suffield Elementary recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. The school's primary mission is to foster a love of learning in each student. Students also learn that they are leaders and that they can apply leadership skills to all areas of school and life.

At Suffield Elementary we celebrate diversity and strive to instill integrity, compassion and confidence in each child. We give each child support and encouragement to become a leader in his or her own unique way.

We are pleased to have you as part of our school community. We value the partnership with parents and community members and hope that you will join us if you've not already had a chance to spend time in our school. We look forward to working with families again this year.

To learn more about The Leader in Me, visit

If I can serve you in any way, please do not hesitate to call me at 330-552-5252 or email me at

Mrs. Shawn Bookman


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