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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • HMS Leadership Day, students learn ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens’

  • More than 100 of the 800 students at Hannibal Middle School participated in the school’s first Leadership Day for the public on Tuesday morning, May 6.
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    More than 100 of the 800 students at Hannibal Middle School participated in the school’s first Leadership Day for the public on Tuesday morning, May 6.
    Since the beginning of the school year the students have been learning from the book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” by Sean Covey.
    Whitney Holliday, HMS assistant principal, explained that last fall the students applied to learn various leadership roles.
    “We have been using the book in ‘Pirate time’ - the last 30 minutes of the day. … Our staff all went through a training to be certified in ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,’” Holliday continued.
    “What was awesome for us was, we were able to look at ourselves and our roles. One thing we did was write our own personal mission statement, then when it was time for the students to write theirs, we were able to model that.
    “Part of it is building leadership roles in the school,” Holliday said, “so each team has written leadership roles, and each classroom different roles.”
    The leadership training has been changed quarterly, she said, “so students can try out different roles and see what they like the best. We had such a demand for some, the students have been rotating.
    “It’s all about students realizing their ultimate leadership potential and how they can best excel in that.”
    The school received a grant for this training, Holliday reported. The Franklin Covey company also provided a leadership coach, Dr. Jill Scheulen, who comes to HMS from St. Louis.
     
     
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    On Leadership Day, 22 students were tour guides, Holliday said, and students led all the events, sharing what they have learned on their “I am a leader” journey.
    “Part of our morning was showing the leadership roles at the building level. Some are environmental leaders (leading recycling),” and others are service leaders, coordinating service projects.
    The AARGH-TV leaders produce student broadcasts, she continued. “And the Building Decor Committee works on projects to change the climate of our buildings. … We have a wide list,” including concessions leaders and store leaders.
    The guests then went to school library, where “student leaders described each of the seven habits in detail,” Holliday said, led by two student emcees.
    The guests also had building tours and performances by the Pirate Singers, Vocalocity and ARRGH-TV.
    The leadership training is continuing, Holliday said. “We have a three-year plan. Next year we will introduce data notebooks for students to track their progress and achieve their goals.”

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