• Riverside has been a leadership magnet school since 2008. As the Leadership Magnet theme has evolved at Riverside, we have made some adjustments to help us focus on our students learning universal and timeless principles of leadership. We will be using the resources “The Seven Habits of Happy Kids” and “Second Step” to help support our students in learning personal leadership and to build capacity in all of our students to lead in their own lives and affect those around them by making positive choices. We will be emphasizing skills that parents, teachers and business leaders want and that students need to be successful in an ever changing society: 

    · Leadership

    · Accountability

    · Adaptability and Flexibility

    · Initiative and Self-Direction

    · Empathy and Understanding Different Points of View

    · Responsibility

    · Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

    · Communication

    · Creativity and Innovation

    · Teamwork and Collaboration

    Developing a culture of leadership in our school is about helping children be leaders of their own lives, supporting them as they identify their own unique talents and abilities and encouraging them to make a positive difference in the world. We are instilling in our students by modeling and teaching the universal principles of success by proving opportunities for leadership to our students. Children are very capable of learning leadership skills and using them at home and school. By developing well-rounded children who know their strengths, we help them unleash their potential to lead their own lives and to influence others.


    Some highlights of our LEADERSHIP focus include:


    • Integration of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids into our school culture
    • Instruction in social-emotional skills through Second Step
    • Monthly Leader of the Pride (LOTP) Assemblies to recognize students for being outstanding leaders in their classrooms
    • Quarterly Leadership Assemblies to recognize students for demonstrating specific leadership skills
    • Daily L.E.A.D time (which stands for Leaders Empowered to Achieve Dreams) to allow for goal setting and community building in the classroom
    • Student based inquiry projects in our upper grades to promote the investigation and pursuit of learning on topics that are of interest to individual students
    • Community Service Projects
    • Student Advisory Council for 4th and 5th graders
    • Classroom and Building-Wide Leadership Roles for students in grades K-5
    • Interest-based learning groups for kids in all grade levels
    • Student-Led Conferences