Friday, April 25, 2014

Leadership Day 2014

Our third annual Leadership Day held on Thursday, April 17 was a huge success! We had almost 90 guests comprised of educators, school board members, community members, business leaders, city council members, and the Livonia mayor in attendance! Our guests were greeted at the door, checked in and escorted to the library by students. Our emcee for the day, Gabby, welcomed our guests and invited them to learn about Cooper's journey as a Leader in Me school. They were introduced to each of the 7 Habits by different student leaders. Some of the students chose to write about what a selected habit means to them, while others sang, chanted or performed a habit. Student tour guides were on hand waiting to take small groups around the building to talk with students about how leadership and the 7 Habits are infused into what they do and learn each day. Our guests had an hour to tour the building, visit classrooms, talk with students, look at data walls and see various displays throughout the building where students were eager to share information. They then headed back to the library where students shared their Leadership Notebooks and held a student panel for questions to be asked of them. The day ended with lunch in the cafe and a musical performance by our talented vocal and instrumental groups. A great day was had by all as our student leaders really shined!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Leadership is Everywhere!

When you first walk through the doors of Cooper, you are greeted with welcoming messages and quotes on the walls that depict leadership and The 7 Habits, including displays that show how the habits are being integrated into the curriculum. You will also see students in various leadership roles: greeters, student lighthouse team members, library leaders, blog leaders, Rock Star Saver leaders, gym leaders, and photographers to name just a few. The last couple of months at Cooper have been filled with additional opportunities for our students to utilize and show off their leadership skills. We have had vocal and instrumental concerts, Seussical, Battle of the Books, various after school clubs, and students practicing for the Variety Show. On March 20th, Cooper students and staff were able to share what we are doing as a school to create a culture of leadership. The Leader in Me Symposium Series selected Cooper to be a part of their tour in which 94 educators from around the state came to see what we are doing to promote leadership and to learn from our students. The students did an amazing job and all of our guests were very complimentary! When given the opportunity, our Cooper kids really do shine and we are so proud of all of them! They are certainly living our school mission: Learning and Leading!

306 students on 47 teams participated in this year's Battle of the Books.
Students synergize during the battle!
Leadership is everywhere!
Leadership is everywhere!
Our guests for the LIM Symposium were intrigued by what our students had to say about leadership!
A student shares her leadership notebook with a guest!