This past fall, a highlight for our school community was the creation of our RLS Constitution which culminated in our first, student-led Constitution Celebration Community Meeting. This work actually started last spring when the faculty worked to define their ideal image of RLS. Building off our beloved acronymn RLS, they came up with a Respectful Community, a Learning Community and a Safe Community.
This fall our whole school community worked to create rules that would help us to live up to this vision. Each classroom community brainstormed a set of rules and then each grade level worked to agree on a common set for their grade.
One delegate from each classroom attended the Constitutional Convention with me and Mr. Wagner to decide how we would pull all of those rules together to come up with 3-5 for the whole school to follow. It wasn’t easy but we came up with three:
- Be a positive role model
- Be a hard worker
- Be in control of your thoughts and actions
Each classroom voted on the rules and the Constitution passed with a vote of 16 to 1! The delegates then worked to plan a Community Meeting during which we would celebrate its’ passing. We are looking forward to having this Constitution in place for years to come.
We also look forward to future Constitution Celebration Community Meetings during which we can celebrate our efforts to follow it! In November 6th graders worked to design the structure of what the celebrations will look like for the rest of the year and proved to be an amazing group of engaged, dedicated RLS leaders! Their meeting focusing on a Respectful Community consisted of a reading of Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon and a lip synch to Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T! December brought the 5th grade assembly focused on a Learning Community during which we learned about several famous Americans who worked hard to overcome obstacles or achieve great things. They also did a skit that included a new rendition of the Whip and Nae Nae which they performed. We can’t wait to see what the other grades have in store for us during future Constitution Celebrations!