Hopewell Junior High Students Host Leadership Retreat for Sixth-Graders

Hopewell Junior High Students Host Leadership Retreat for Sixth-Graders
Hopewell Junior High Students Host Leadership Retreat for Sixth-Graders
Hopewell 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 Super-Leaders.”


“It 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.

Twelve 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.

Students 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 communication.   

“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.


During 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.