Leader in me

Here at LPE, we have created a plan that will help prepare every child to be successful for the demands of the 21st Century.  Our plan’s foundation is built upon Franklin Covey’s The Leader in Me program.  The intentional focus on leadership develops the whole child and includes literacy, math, content areas, technology, the arts and interpersonal relationship skills.  The Leader in Me program uses the 7 Habits of Happy Kids in order to help students become “leaders of their own learning.”  This philosophy is embedded within our school culture.  It leads to higher levels of learning and greater satisfaction as the students take ownership of their academic goals and character development.

The Seven Habits

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, and 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, Then to Be Understood

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.  I try to see things from their viewpoints.  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 than 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.


The 7 Habits and Life Skills


What parents and business leaders want

21st Century Life Skills

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People



Habits 1-3

  • Goal setting
  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Planning
  • Initiative
  • Responsibility
  • Self-direction
  • Personal productivity
  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the End in Mind
  • Put First Things First



Habits 4-6

  • Teamwork
  • Conflict management
  • Creativity
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Cross-cultural skills
  • Think Win-Win
  • Seek First to Understand then to be Understood
  • Synergize



Habit 7

  • Fun
  • Desire to learn
  • Meaningful work
  • Emotional stability
  • Technical skills
  • Sharpen the Saw

(Body, Heart, Brain, Soul)

Why we focus on leadership:

  • Students can develop leadership skills
  • Students can be good examples for each other
  • It is fun to have responsibility at a young age
  • Makes the school a better place

We look forward to working with your child and encourage you to partner with us as your child continues his/her learning journey at Loma Portal Elementary School! See below for some resources:

1. "Emotions at Home" resources HERE

2. Leadership Roles at home HERE

3. Activities from the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Families" HERE

4. Building Family Trust (video) HERE

5. Watching a movie as a family and making connections together HERE

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