In an attempt to promote kindness and highlight some worthy students, we asked each team to nominate a Citizen of the Month. The selected students demonstrate kindness, maturity, and respect for everyone. Their teachers nominate them because they see them doing the right thing on a consistent basis and want them to be recognized for it. Once students are nominated, we meet with them to give them a #ChooseKindCMS t-shirt and have them leave their handprint on the designated wall.
The t-shirts are significant because all of the teachers wear them on Wednesdays as a reminder to our commitment to "choose kind." Only the select few Citizens fo the Month also have these shirts, so it really promotes the idea of being kind and how noteworthy it is. Additionally, once they leave their painted handprint on the wall, we add their names as a symbol of how they have "left their mark" on the CMS community.
To further recognize these students and share their positive behaviors, this year we hosted a "Welcome to CMS" breakfast. We invited former Citizens of the Month to have donuts and play games with the new students. Our motivation was to have our Citizens reach out to these new students and be a friendly face to help make their transition to our school a bit smoother.
Finally, this is the first year that we have a Life Skills class in our building. To welcome these students, we have worked with Mr. Schugg, the Life Skills teacher, to form small groups of Citizens who play games and socialize with his students on a weekly basis. This has proven to be an outstanding opportunity for our students to learn the value of making others feel welcome, important, and included.