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stone oak earns lighthouse status

Stone Oak Elementary School has recently been named a Lighthouse School as part of the Leader in Me model by Franklin Covey. This designation means they serve as models of leadership for other schools across the country implementing the Leader in Me program. There are currently only 48 other Lighthouse Schools in the world.

The Leader in Me program follows Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” bringing these tools and skills to students.

“The principles of the program are infused, integrated and woven throughout all aspects of a student’s education -- all the way from classroom work to the playground to parent communication,” said Pat Sanford, NEISD Leadership Development director.

In order to attain Lighthouse status, schools must complete set criteria including Lighthouse team training, 7 Habits training, integrated instruction, student leadership roles, parent involvement, goals and tracking, measurable results and leadership events. According to Covey, it’s like earning a “black belt” in leadership.

It was a three year journey,” said Kristen Ray, Stone Oak principal. “Students, parents and faculty all contributed to creating a culture of leadership at Stone Oak.  Students not only demonstrate leadership in the classroom but around campus and in their community as well. It is such an honor to receive this distinction from Franklin Covey.  We are so proud of our students and will continue to Grow Leaders to Leave a Legacy.”

Currently, 31 NEISD schools are implementing the Leader in Me program at their campuses. In the last year, Wilderness Oak, Oak Meadow and Hardy Oak elementary schools became the first campuses in the district to earn Lighthouse status.


Stone Oak students play a big part in the school's Lighthouse status. Pictured here is the student Lighthouse Team and other student leaders who led the school tour and data chats with the Lighthouse Review Team from Franklin Covey.


A mural of the 7 habits was painted in the school's rotunda as a daily reminder of the goals they are all striving for.


Posted on May 16, 2013