Kindness. The ability of our kids to display kindness is on display each and every day at Westlake High School. Kindness towards each other, their teachers, and our staff. We have a program called Chaparral Champions that recognizes students and staff who display proper Social and Emotional Awareness on our campus. One of the strands that seem to always come to the top is our students being kind.
Kindness is seen as students helping teachers prepare for the start of the school day by removing chairs from tables, turning on computers, running simple errands, and surprising teachers with a coffee or breakfast taco. It is kids making sure that all students have a partner or group to work in. It is students respecting each other's voices in class discussions. It is students helping students in class with assignments who may be struggling. It is making sure all students feel included at school activities-lunches, pep rallies, dances, and in the hallways. It is students thanking each other and adults for holding doors. It is being told at events off campus how respectful and kind our students are towards adults and students. It is kids thanking teachers as they leave a classroom with the bell.
While our students are not perfect and have displays of the opposite as described above, it is nice to note that we have lots of good things happening daily. Upon my return to this campus, I have noticed that the intrinsic rewards for being helpful, kind, tolerant and respectful are at the heart of our students’ actions. They simply believe this how we should interact as a campus. This is a message we encourage as a campus.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” - Princess Diana
With the announcement yesterday, I would to thank this community for your support and kindness over my 15 years in Eanes ISD.
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