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Black Mountain Elementary
Leading with our heart, hands, and head!


Parents and Families guide to the Leader In Me

Teach Leadership Skills at Home

During our Leader In Me journey, students and staff at BME  lived the 7 habits through

  • Singing Seven Habits songs with actions
  • Creating conducive school environment - Hallway signs, artwork 
  • Holding Student-Led assemblies
  • Student taking responsibilities around the school for its daily functioning - like- announcements, office monitoring, safety patrollers, lunch monitors, recylers to name a few.
  • Having LIM sessions for parents - led by students and/or teachers
  • Student-led learning – Genius Hour/Inquiry - where students learning is driven by their own interests and passions
  • Initiatives in the greater community –  Raising money for orphanage in Haiti, fresh water in Ethiopia

Black Mountain Elementary understands that today's students need the skills and self-confidence to succeed as leaders in the 21st Century. They need to be able to communicate clearly, to work as a team, and to be self-motivated and analytical thinkers. We have aligned with the district's five attributes of a learner - learner, thinker, collaborator, contributor, and innovator.  Last Spring, two staff members and the principal attended a symposium in Edmonton about the book entitled 'The Leader in Me", which is based on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We were absolutely engrossed by this material as it strongly aligns with our new mission statement. We strongly believed that with introducing these teachings, along with our continued development of critical thinking, we could further reach our school goals and develop our students as life long learners and leaders. 

So, during our Summer pro D days this September, the majority of the teaching staff were trained in Dr. Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

We are excited about this new journey, developing the leadership abilities of our students, helping each child become leaders of their own learning and life, incorporating the 7 Habits into our daily instruction, and providing multiple leadership opportunities in every classroom and throughout our school for students.

For more information about the Leader in Me see

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We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance?

--Stephen R. Covey

The world has entered an era of the most profound change in human history, creating new challenges for today's students. Meeting these challenges will require a different skill set than previous generations. In an effort to provide our students with key skills vital for the 21st century, we teach Stephen Covey's 7 habits through the Leader in Me process.

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

Be Proactive classroom poster

Habit 1 — Be Proactive

You're in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Begin with the end in mind classroom poster

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Put first things first classroom poster

Habit 3 — Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Think win-win classroom poster

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood classroom poster

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Synergize classroom poster

Habit 6 — Synergize

Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Sharpen the Saw classroom poster

Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

This process is built on the premise that every child can develop the essential life skills and characteristics necessary to thrive in the 21st century. Some of these skills include leadership, accountability, adaptability, initiative and self-direction, cross-cultural skills, responsibility, problem-solving, communication, creativity and teamwork. Through this program, we teach a generation of leaders one child at a time.

Each classroom creates its own Classroom Expectation List, which is the cornerstones for which children make decisions on a daily basis. Students also belong to leadership teams within each classroom, providing them with opportunities to excel and demonstrate responsibility in their area of strength.  

Individual habits are highlighted at monthly assemblies through skits, story-telling, and video presentations.

Why are we moving on the Leader in Me journey?  Because all students at Black Mountain Elementary are leaders.  Not only are they the leaders of tomorrow, but they are the leaders of today.  They are capable, competent, caring global citizens who make a difference in the lives of those around them.  They are empowered individuals who recognize that they control their destiny and make decisions to solve problems.  They are citizens of the world who lead by example.  Our students are recognized by adults as contributing members of our school culture and community.  They go beyond simply respecting tolerance to actively seeking out and appreciating diversity.All of our students are innovative and empowered leaders today!

Our Journey

Year 1: Establishing a Culture of Leadership

In our first year, school staff engaged in a shared vision of the greatness and leadership that are inherent in every child and adult. We studied the timeless, universal principles that allow people to realize their potential and made specific plans for implementing these principles in our school and classroom cultures at Black Mountain Elementary.

Year 2: Applying the Tools of Leadership

Next year, we hope to build on the foundation established in year one and learned to apply the 7 Habits and leadership concepts at a higher order. We will implement specific tools that empower staff and students.  We will focus on effective school-wide goals that will produce results and continue to modify our growing needs to produce results in the future.

 Year 3:  Continuing to build the Culture

Our staff have fully embraced the language and the habits - our young leaders prove daily how to lead with their heart, hands and head!   Our lighthouse team, consisting of Ms. Singh, Mrs. Joyce, Mrs. Richards, Ms. Detjen, and Mrs. Yamabe, keep our staff focused and aligned with our vision.