Habit #2 - Begin with the End in Mind

Written by Seth Pozzi, Asst. Head of School on .

This year, our entire school community is on an exciting journey exploring Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Last week, our elementary students conducted Student-Led Conferences at which they discussed individual goals they had set as readers, writers, and mathematicians, as well as personal goals. Teachers, administrators and students have also been working on their personal Mission Statements; beginning to reflect on their values (what is most important to them) and their own unique purpose.

According to author Stephen Covey in his book First Things First, a personal Mission Statement is a way of “connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes from fulfilling it.” And research about goal setting and motivation overwhelmingly concludes that the simple act of setting a goal and writing it down or telling someone about it makes us more likely to achieve the goal.
Over the next few weeks, every teacher at WHPS will be posting his/her Mission Statement in the classroom as a reminder of who we are when we are at our best and of the values we strive to bring to our profession. In the Elementary Division, each student will also record their Mission Statement in their own Leadership Notebook.

We are challenging our families to begin crafting a Family Mission Statement to explicitly reflect and convey their own unique values. According the The Leader in Me, A Family Mission Statement is like a constitution your family lives by that helps you all make decisions for your life. It represents the purpose and values of your family, and will allow you to shape your future according to the principles you as a family hold most dear.
A Family Mission Statement sample you might enjoy:

A handout designed to help you create a Family Mission Statement is attached to this email. We hope you will join us in creating a Mission Statement this year, and we invite you to post it to the WHPS Facebook page.

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