The chill in the air heralds the return of back to school traditions for parents, students and teachers – school bus schedules, lunch boxes, afterschool activities, and homework. For almost 500 Maine students, returning to school this year also meant a trip to the Leadership School.
For years, two Maine school districts have included a Leadership School program as one of their back to school traditions. Sixth graders from Memorial Middle School arrived a week later, working towards building a unified and positive social and academic community. They were followed by 6th graders from Falmouth Middle School.
Though full of the unique characteristics of their home communities, these schools share a huge commonality. . . in both vision and function, they are committed to cultivating learning communities in which kindness and respect are pervasive. The back-to school lessons from the Leadership School will percolate in these classrooms and fields throughout the year.