Principal's Welcome to 2019-2020
WELCOME TO THE "O"-Welcome to Oberle Elementary where our mission and vision is, "Developing Leaders: One Child at a Time; Today and Tomorrow." Attached to this page is our Welcome Letter for the 2019-2020 school year. We are a "Leader in Me" school. It involves the whole school- students/staff. As we are all well aware, it is never too early to begin thinking and planning for the future. To this end, last year we created a school-based team and began investigating and learning about “The Leader in Me; How Schools Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time”. This program is based on Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We continue to make strides incorporating the habits throughout the school to positively impact our culture and climate. As we begin on this school-wide journey, we request your active involvement. Keep your eyes open for parent informational communications throughout the school year.
“The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness. Distinct in several ways, The Leader in Me starts from a powerful premise—every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader—, which shapes the views of staff to value, and develop the whole child. The process integrates leadership development into existing programs, curricula and traditions and serves as a foundational operating system for the school, improving relationships, transforming culture, and highly motivating staff and students. All stakeholders are impacted by The Leader in Me, starting with the staff of a school, then expanding to students, their families, and the community at large. This Inside-Out Approach is a key ingredient to successfully creating positive change in a school.
Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders including The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The process includes student participation in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, Student-Led Conferences, leadership environments, and Leadership Events. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me process and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures. The 7 Habits are: 1. Be Proactive, 2. Begin with the End in Mind, 3. Put First Things First, 4. Think Win-win, 5. See First to Understand and then to be Understood, 6. Synergize and 7. Sharpen the Saw.
The Leader in Me includes training on establishing a vision for the school, goal setting, data tracking, and personal-accountability systems and is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. The Leader in Me provides a logical, sequential, and balanced process to help schools proactively design a culture that reflects their vision of their ideal school. This shared leadership increases engagement and enables students, staff, and families to be self-confident and self-reliant, work effectively with others, and make meaningful contributions.
Leader in Me differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, school-wide experience for staff, students, and parents, and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems, and culture. For more information about The Leader in Me, visit www.theleaderinme.org.” You will immediately experience an environmental change at Oberle; we have adapted the names of our hallways and school lanes to reflect this positive change. In addition, your children will be using our leadership language and be provided with opportunities to serve in building-wide, as well as personal leadership roles.