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The Leader in Me

This year students at Harry S Truman Elementary School and Western Salisbury Elementary School are busy learning the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey).  This initiative, The Leader in Me, will help our children find their strengths and potential as we share the common language of the Seven Habits. We will be on a journey with our children as we help them discover their strengths and talents – the leader in each of them.

Below is a summary of the Seven Habits that will help our children develop their potential.

Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.

~Stephen R. Covey

Habit 1: Be Proactive

I am a responsible person.  I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods.  I do not blame others for my wrong actions.  I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

I plan ahead and set goals.  I do things that have meaning and make a difference.  I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision.  I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

I spend my time on things that are most important.  This means I say no to things I know I should not do.  I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan.  I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want.  I make deposits in others’ emotional bank accounts.  When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand

I listen to the ideas and feelings of others.  I try to see things from their point of view.  I listen to others without interrupting.  I am confident in voicing my ideas.  I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6: Synergize

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them.  I get along well with others, even people who are different from me.  I work well in groups.  I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone.  I am humble.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep.  I spend time with family and friends.  I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school.  I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.


WSE Curriculum and Technology Night

Mrs. Lynn Nestor’s first grade class used Flip video cameras to record each other’s animal reports.  The students worked together to operate the cameras and record their speeches.  They also created visual aids to serve as the background.

Mrs. Susan Knight’s third grade class used Photo Booth to record their food nutrition projects.  First, they created Wordles to serve as the background.  The class then wrote scripts to educate each other about different food groups and nutrition.

Mr. Chris Adam’s fifth grade class used Keynote to record and symbolize poetry.  The students selected their favorite poem to read and found pictures to symbolize the poem as they recited it.

Thanks to our computer technician, Mr. Matt Ritter and our Instructional Coach, Mrs. Jane Brennan, for working with the teachers and students to create such great projects!


Western Salisbury Elementary School – 3rd Grade Literacy and Geography

The Felix Geography Unit provided students with the ability to develop their skills with maps and globes, specifically using Google Earth.

The project began with the class reading the book Letters from Felix: A Little Rabbit on a World Tour, the story of an adorable rabbit that gets lost in an airport and ends up traveling all over the world.  The story includes letters from Felix and his experiences in world locations such as London, England, Paris, Rome, Egypt, Africa, Kenya and New York.

As the students “traveled” with Felix, they used Google Earth to find his location, visiting the various cities and countries virtually. Once finished reading the book, the students researched interesting facts about the various geographical locations Felix visited. Student work was then displayed on the “Where in the World is Felix? Wall” outside of the classroom.

In addition to learning about many of the world’s major cities and countries through the use of Google Earth, the students also enjoyed finding and locating their own homes, the school, and their local surroundings while developing map skills using an important technology tool.

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Have you used Google Earth? Learn more about Google Earth watching this short video.


Western Salisbury Elementary School Photography Club

Miss Abby Miller, elementary Art teacher, and Mr. Richard Chartrand, volunteer, worked with Western Salisbury Elementary School students to develop techniques and knowledge in photography for six weeks during the fall of 2011. The students did a great job! Watch the slideshow below or view individual photos online on the Western Salisbury Elementary Photography Club web page.

Student photographers include:

Bryant Alayola, Carly Batman, Jake Berger, Sarah Bobeck, Rylee Donaldson, Geraldine Garcia, Gabriella Grym, Kalista Hadinger, Erica Holben, Josh Jose, Jacob Kamp, Blake Koch, Max Morganelli, Zach Peace, Helen Rapp, Tyler Rauch, Charles Reighn, Kamryn Urbany, Mason Wieser and Joey Zellin.