Students share at Leadership Day

On Wednesday, May 21, students and teachers described the learning opportunities and achievements of Waterville School to the community and other guests. Leadership Day was a day of learning for all as the students shared what they had done over this year and hoped to accomplish in the future.
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Compass Day focuses on personal stories

On May 21, for the third year, Waterville teacher Dan Lopez sent the graduating class off with a symbolic, but very real, direction-finder for the future.
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Waterville School holds first Leadership Day

| By Joel Harding | Thursday, May 30, was a huge day for the Waterville School. The first annual Leadership Day began at 9 a.m. and concluded at 9 p.m. Starting with the opening ceremony, visitors to and residents of Waterville were able to experience the whole gamut of activities in a dynamic school program. Youngsters explaining learning goals and how they achieve them, beautiful music and art,...
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Leadership Day, a great idea on parade

| By Joel Harding | Waterville School and the community of which it is a part are involved in a great endeavor. In adopting “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” as the basis of a change in school culture, Waterville has taken a huge step toward changing the way students learn and, simultaneously, better preparing them to contribute to the world in which they live. Already, student...
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‘The 7 Habits’ — Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

| By Ella Osborne | Third grade, Waterville Elementary Today I am going to tell you about the second habit — Begin with the End in Mind. Begin with the End in Mind is a good habit for you to use. I will explain. You plan ahead and set goals. You create a mission for your life. You can also use this habit to have a plan for your week! For example, every Monday my third grade class makes a plan...
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‘The 7 Habits’ — Habit 3: Put First Things First

| By Johnna Hope | Third grade, Waterville Elementary Today I’m going to tell you about the third habit — Put First Things First. The habit, Put First Things First,  is pretty much about doing the important things before the not so important things. As an example, your friend just invited you over and you really want to go but you have tons of homework. What should you do first? I really...
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‘The 7 Habits’ — Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

| By Bailey Viebrock | Third grade, Waterville School Today I’m going to tell you about a great habit — Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw. Habit 7 is a great habit and I will tell you why. But first you probably want to know what Sharpen the Saw is. Sharpen the Saw is helping your body, mind, soul and heart. For example, if you are exercising and eating healthy, you are helping your body. If you...
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Compass Day

| By Joel Harding | The idea of Compass Day was born in the mind of Dan Lopez, Waterville Spanish, Leadership and English teacher. Lopez wanted to mark high school graduation as a passage to adulthood for Shocker graduates. The idea of a compass to guide their future actions and direction developed quickly as a way to anchor the principles they had learned in their time at Waterville School....
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Compass Day 2013 at Waterville High School

| By Dan Lopez | “Reach for the stars! Shoot for the moon! Do your best!” These are expressions commonly heard during graduation from schools, colleges, universities, advancement to a higher level in training, or when starting a new job. And it’s great to hear our colleagues, friends and family encouraging us and urging us on to reach for the stars and to do our best. So, once the...
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Leadership: Elementary Student Leadership Council

| By Ali Mires | The Elementary Student Leadership Council is a great way to use all the seven habits and become a great leader. The council is decided similar to how the president is chosen. Every kid gets to decide who is chosen with their ballot. Once the council is chosen, they immediately get to work. There are four council members and the governors and the representatives from each class....
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