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Posted Saturday, December 22, 2012
Bonlee, NC - During the annual meeting of the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium in Greensboro on Friday, December 7, Bonlee School was honored as the 2012 Signature School for Chatham County Schools. Each year the Consortium recognizes schools from its member districts.
Superintendent Robert Logan was also recognized as the Regional 2012 Superintendent of the Year. He was selected by his peers in the Piedmont-Triad.
Below is the nomination essay for Bonlee.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” is the welcoming statement to everyone who enters the front doors of Bonlee School. Mahatma Gandhi’s quote resonates in the halls of the K-8 school because the school family understands the importance of transformation in this ever-changing society.
The Bonlee staff has taken small, but calculated, steps to implement The Leader in Me concept (based on Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) as a way to build confidence, increase student achievement, and tap potential among students. They enhanced the school’s physical appearance this past summer by painting inspirational quotes throughout the hallways and classrooms. The bright colors and powerful words have positively influenced the overall school culture, and everyone has been so very excited and enthusiastic about the changes.
Teachers worked diligently to teach the seven habits the first weeks of school. The leadership vocabulary is integrated in all curriculum areas, during social interactions, including lunch and recess. The seven habits have quickly become the school’s natural behaviors and are also reflected at home. The students treat one another with respect, and diversity is celebrated. The students have become more accountable for their academic success using data notebooks. They establish ambitious goals for each grading period and track their progress to obtain those goals.