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Teams Have a Voice

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Toll Gate Elementary School NBRS 2017

Toll Gate Elementary School (Pickerington, OH). Toll Gate Elementary promotes and recognizes each student as a leader. The school’s Eight Great Traits includes the Seven Habits of Happy Kids and an eighth habit – find your voice and inspire others to find theirs. Students who demonstrate one or more of these traits daily receive leadership badges. Students wear the badges for the entire school day and have opportunities to share with other students during Morning Meeting. The school uses leadership passports to track data related to continuous demonstration of the habits.

Student Leadership Teams meet twice a month and include all students in first through fourth grade. Students complete an annual survey to select their team of choice. The school offers a wide range of teams that allow students to engage in planning and implementing school-wide projects, community service, or exploring potential interests. Examples of teams include: Marvelous Math Minds, Robotics and Coding, and Girl Power. Each team is facilitated by staff members and parents who share a passion for a team’s focus.