EduLeaders Working to Make Sure MI's Culture Rocks

EduLeaders Working to Make Sure MI's Culture Rocks
Posted on 08/30/2017
MIS CultureAs you walk into Mason Intermediate School, you're bound to see beautiful, witty, inspiring rocks. The dream of MI fifth grade teachers Abby Brewer and Lindsey Colvin, and inspired by the book "Only One You" by Linda Kranz, these painted rocks are just one of the many ways the school serving the district's fourth, fifth and sixth graders is intentionally sending a message: "Each MI learner is unique and special."

Last year, Mason Intermediate School made a school goal to investigate ways to build a welcoming culture at MI. The school's Building Leadership team (made up of teachers and administrators) wanted a place for students to connect with one another, and ultimately make a large building feel like a smaller school.

"Our student climate team worked throughout the year on ways in which we could create a positive culture within our students," shared MI Principal Greg Sears. "Our first week of of the 2017-18 school year was a kickoff to many events connecting our kids to MI and one another throughout the year."  

Throughout the first week of school, students participated in a variety of culture-building activities. This included the 4 Corners Getting to Know You Activity, the Minute to Win It Game, Spirit Rock Creation, Hands Across the Campus, and the creation of MI Pride Posters and the MI Pride Video. The week culminated into a whole school-wide outdoors assembly that utilized the City of Mason's stage.

Watch the action featuring footage from MI parent Brian Blinn who captured the rocking day with his drone.

During the school year, the MI student climate team will also be focusing on discipline data, cultural awareness, mental wellness issues, and will collaborate with the AWARE (All Working At Respecting Everyone) team to ensure that every MI student feels welcomed and included.
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