Junior student council members have been honing their leadership
skills all year long, and on Saturday they hosted a leadership retreat
for sixth-graders from Union and Hopewell Elementary schools. The
retreat had a super hero theme and was titled “Calling All
was great to see our students take the skills they’ve learned this
year and model them for the younger students,” said Hopewell Junior
teacher Tiffany Rexhausen. Along with fellow teacher Nichole Bruce,
Rexhausen serves as co-advisor of the Student Council.
elementary students attended the retreat that kicked off with an
inspirational talk from Justin McCollum (Assistant Principal at
Weisenborn Middle School) about how students can become the change
they want to see in their school. McCollum helped the students
identify their strengths by making comparisons to popular super
heroes. Students then took a personal strengths survey that showed
that as a Student Council, they can lead strongly through
socialization and working on goal setting.
After lunch, the junior high students led the sixth-graders in a few activities that they had learned in previous retreats.
first raced to push ten cups across a table using only a balloon. The
eighth-graders used this activity to lead a discussion about
teamwork, sharing strategies, and encouraging one another. Students
then rotated through several stations including one where they wrote
thank you letters to the heroes in their lives. At another station,
the students worked in small groups to create a tower out of uncooked
spaghetti and tape. Scott Foreman, from Progressive Foam Technologies,
led students in a discussion about teamwork, collaboration, and
“Based on the success of this year’s
leadership retreats, we are definitely going to include them in our
plans for the Student Council next year,” said Bruce. “Our junior high
students spent the last two months planning the stations, the
activities, and what they wanted to say during the discussions. They
did a great job of making the sixth-graders feel welcome. And the
ideas and thoughts that the sixth-graders offered in response to the
whole group activities were very mature and on target. They are going
to make a great addition to our program next year!”
Hopewell Junior student council members held a leadership retreat with a super hero theme on Saturday for sixth-grade students.
the retreat, students worked in small groups to create a tower out of
uncooked spaghetti and tape. The activity helped the students learn
about teamwork, collaboration and communication.