Students Learn to “Put First Things First”


Sydney Jansen and Caitlin Rizzuti

Students at Waukee Elementary and Vince Meyer Learning Center attended their monthly leadership assemblies on November 21. November’s theme is “Put first things first.”

The event began with everyone singing the school’s leader chant. Two students who have demonstrated leadership qualities from each grade were drawn and allowed to sit in the gym’s “VIP seating,” which consisted of big, comfy chairs that gave students a clear view of all the action at the front of the gym.

Sydney Jansen and Caitlin Rizzuti, students from the communications leadership group, took turns announcing the next segments and speakers throughout the assembly.

“It is important for students to be recognized for being respectful, responsible, safe and caring,” said Rizzuti.

Veterans entered the gym to unfold and refold the United States flag while students watched in awe. Master Sergeant Jacob Hermanson, father of Waukee Elementary second-grader Brody, answered a couple questions that Jansen and Rizzuti had regarding leadership skills and approaching men and women in uniform. Students Annallysa Anderson, Olivia Rounds and Pauline Toe then sang a song while a video with pictures of men and women serving our country played.

First grade teacher Stuart Kennedy then updated the students on attendance records for this month. The kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade classes at Waukee Elementary have all improved on attendance from October to November!

Staff then recognized students who were nominated as strong leaders in the classroom with certificates and drew three students per grade to earn prizes. One student in Amy Winter’s second grade class is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. His original goal was to collect 300 pop tabs. He has surpassed that goal by far and has set a new goal of 50,000 pop tabs!

There are so many amazing students at these elementary schools who are already showing incredible leadership skills! Keep up the good work!

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