PRIDE TRIBES at Saint Leo’s
This year our 6th, 7th and 8th graders are placed in one of the nine PRIDE TRIBES. These TRIBES are each comprised of four 6th graders, four 7th graders and four 8th graders and are facilitated by one or two middle school teachers who have freely volunteered for these roles (no arm twisting)! These PRIDE TRIBES meet two Thursdays each month and focus on topics such as:
- Exploring leadership roles and making constructive decisions in their classroom and school.
- Being an up-stander (vs. a bystander) and building a climate of trust and respect among students and teachers.
- Recognizing that an engaged student is also one with high self-esteem.
All our students’ ideas and thoughts are respected and valued. Our PRIDE TRIBE facilitators use their veto-powers very sparingly. Our staff is relieved to get out of the roles of policeman, judge, jury, and executioner. When problems occur we want solutions to come from our students.
When a new direction is needed we want our students to contribute significantly to the running of their school.
This program is in its infancy. Our PRIDE TRIBE facilitators meet every Thursday at lunch to review successes and concerns and to devise an agenda for the upcoming meeting….eventually of course we want our middle school students to create such agendas. Each and every one of them is so very capable!