The Leader in Me


Seven Hills Elementary has so much to be proud of! In August of 2016, Seven Hills Elementary opened its doors as a designated Leader in Me school, and we have continued our journey this year with the same enthusiasm and commitment from staff, students, and parents. This year we have continued to develop a deep understanding of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, learning how the skills and strategies apply to school and personal lives and how the habits help shape each one of us as unique leaders. We have also focused on connecting the leadership principles to academics by creating and tracking progress on our Wildly Important Goals. Our Stars have shown tremendous growth in leadership and character because of The Leader in Me!



Part of sustaining the momentum and excitement with The Leader in Me involves staff sharpening the saw through different professional learning opportunities with Franklin Covey. One of the biggest events of the year is the annual Leader in Me Symposium. This year, Symposium will be held in Dallas on February 1st and 2nd. During this event, attendees gather to listen and share their experiences with The Leader in Me. Part of Symposium includes breakout learning sessions presented by Leader in Me schools and Franklin Covey. Symposium also includes site visits to local Leader in Me schools. On day two of the conference, attendees board buses to other Leader in Me schools to see leadership in action!



We are so proud, honored and positively ECSTATIC to share our BIG NEWS!! Seven Hills applied for some of these honors and we were chosen to share our story in the following ways:




  • Seven Hills was selected as a Symposium school site visit! On Feb. 2nd, we will open our doors to approximately 50 guests in the morning. The school tour is an opportunity for our students and staff to showcase all that we have accomplished as a Leader in Me school. This is the second year that Seven Hills has been honored to participate in this way!
  • We were selected for student leadership opportunities at Symposium! Two members of out Student Lighthouse Team will deliver opening speeches to kick off the morning and afternoon general sessions. One of these students will also participate in a student panel, answering audience questions about their leadership journey.
  • Mrs. Blackburn, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Sample, Mrs. Zeigler, and Ms. Q were selected to present breakout sessions for conference attendees! We will present on a variety of topics including Sharpen the Saw Clubs, how we use the 7 Habits at 7 Hills, and how we are moving mountains with goal setting. We are excited to be virtually showcasing student voice in our sessions this year!
  • Mrs. Blackburn was invited to speak on an educator panel at Symposium! This is an opportunity to share the campus journey with The Leader in Me, highlighting our greatest successes! Our story is impressive, and it is an honor to have been invited to participate on this panel.



We hope that you are as excited as we are about our big news! We are looking forward to continuing to represent our school community in such a public and positive way. We know that “GREAT happens here,” and we cannot wait to share the greatness with others!