Students from 1st through 4th grade represent their classmates in Spirit Council. The goal of Spirit Council is to provide opportunities for leadership in all-school spirit days. Some of their favorites are Pajama Day, Wacky Hair Day, and Detroit Tigers Spirit Day! Spirit Council members meet with the Head of School.
Students from 5th through 8th grade represent their classmates in Student Council. The goal of Student Council is to provide opportunities for leadership in all-school service and present a student voice about Japhet’s daily activities … sometimes enacting change! Student Council members meet with the Head of School.
Students in 7th and 8th grade have Leadership Class with the Head of School each year. Usually several class periods, the class gives students the opportunity to understand personality styles, practice skills through role playing, and discern the difference between being a leader and being a boss.
Older students “buddy” with younger ones, practicing many of the character qualities studied, such as reliability, respect for others, joy, and good judgment. At Monday InSPO and special events, we often purposefully design opportunities for these buddies to reunite and work on an activity together.
Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade take turns providing our daily inspirational message over the P.A. system, leading the school in a positive outlook for the day.
Students in 1st through 7th grade are, once per year, the “Student of the Week.” In this role, they prepare an oral report about a book they have read that teaches good character, about a real person of strong character, or about a nonprofit organization. They present these oral reports to the school body during Monday morning InSPO.
As a graduation requirement, every 8th-grade student serves as a keynote speaker for our Monday morning InSPO. As the keynote, he or she leads us in a 25-minute exploration of that month’s character quality. InSPO speeches often include skits, movies, digital presentations, read-aloud stories, and other creative ways to bring the positive message of good character home.
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