Reagan is proud to be in its fourth year as a Leader in Me school. Through Stephen Covey’s Leader in Me program, students are taught about the 7 Habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things Firts
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Once a six weeks the Reagan gym explodes with confetti, music and the sound of children chanting “learn, lead, succeed, learn, lead, succeed!” Teachers and administrators morph into cheerleaders wearing wigs and costumes. Guests from Cooper High School and the community arrive to entertain the crowd and encourage students to reach their goals.
The Reagan Leader in Me Lighthouse Team organizes a pep rally every six weeks to celebrate class and individual student achievements for the six weeks. Students are always ecstatic to attend the Leader in Me Pep Rallies not only because they get to see their teachers wearing wigs and cheering them on but also because numerous students are recognized for their various important roles they have played throughout the six weeks. For instance, every class at Reagan has a class W.I.G. (Wildly Important Goal), and teachers turn in names to be called out at the pep rally of individual students who have been integral in meeting their class’s W.I.G. Furthermore, VIP Students who have been nominated for exhibiting leadership qualities get fun, extra special seating at the front of the pep rally and are provided the opportunity to introduce themselves during the pep rally. Other students who are recognized throughout the pep rally include the Ranger Pep Rally Leaders, who get to help organize and decorate the pep rallies, as well as Ranger Cheerleaders and Ranger Football players, who are students who cheer or play in outside teams and who are allowed to wear their cheerleading outfits or jerseys to the pep rallies and stand on the sidelines. Individual students, however, are not the only ones recognized during the pep rally. Specific classes at each grade level are also highlighted for having the highest attendance rate for the six weeks and for being the Ranger box top winners. The classes who have the highest attendance for the six weeks receive an extra special treat, which has included pizza parties as well as popcorn and pickle parties.
Even though students and classes being acknowledged and congratulated is exciting, the excitement does not stop there. At each pep rally, guests from throughout the community make appearances to perform for and encourage the students. Students have been privileged to experience performances from Cooper’s Drum Line and the Cougarettes. Walking through the Cougarette spirit line, students experience a sense of energy and comradery that encourages them to get involved and stay involved when they get to high school. Other guests who have influenced students come from the surrounding community. Janelle Sands from Alliance for Women and Children has performed and taught students step dancing during the pep rallies and students have also been honored to see performances by St. Vincent’s Ballet Folklorico for the last six weeks’ pep rally in May. Students are always appreciative of the pep rally guests and go back to class humming with excitement and encouraged to continue striving for excellence so they or their class can be recognized in the next pep rally.
Reagan also hosts a Leader in Me Community Leadership Day each year. This year, Reagan’s Community Leadership Day will be on TBA. We look forward to our Reagan students leading various community members and stakeholders through our school and showing what they have learned about the 7 Habits and being a leader.