The Dolphins are causing a stir with a new way to build community pride. At North Fayette Elementary, grade 5 students were assigned to an all-new house system designed to cultivate a climate of responsibility and leadership.
To kick off the competition, the school held an incentive rally and discussed the expectations, the goal, and then randomly selected students for each house via a virtual wheel they created.
“The students were delighted to see their names flashing on the screen indicating the house to which they belonged. It was 7 seconds of fame for them, ”said Kimberly Simpson, grade 5 North Fayette teacher. “Once their name was announced, they ran to their house and were greeted enthusiastically by their new roommates. “
Each Grade 5 student has been assigned a house and works with their teammates to create a community centered around PBIS. The teams are House of Respect (blue), House of Responsibility (orange), House of Safety (green) and House of Kindness (red).
For the first competition, each house created a song, a sign / call, a step and chose an animal to represent them, then they performed in front of judges. The battle was won by the House of Safety, and the coveted Golden Plate award will be kept in the main room of house sponsor Simpson.
The next competition in October will focus on teamwork through a STEM activity.
“Our students love the house system. We saw them collaborate during recess and build new relationships with peers they would normally never talk to. Students are starting to hold each other accountable, especially since all house meetings are student-led, ”Simpson said. “Our 5th grade students even suggested future competitions to teachers. The spirit of the school and the sense of pride in grade 5 was amazing.
Although the houses compete with each other, the system reinforces the fact that they are all dolphins under the motto “4 houses – 1 family”.
“Each house is run by a grade 5 teacher, so each teacher is appropriate for students at all levels. It helps create a cohesive 5th grade community, ”said Simpson. “We wanted to teach students that regardless of their homeroom teacher, every teacher is responsible for every 5th grade student. “