Tiger Care grows up at LIS and LMS
It is one of the “big three” district goals: Tiger Care. Now, we are taking a look at Tiger Care in action across the district, and the focus for this story is on Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) and Loveland Middle School (LMS) where the students begin to learn responsibility for self and how to grow into the Tigers they want to become.
At LIS specifically, the Tiger Care goal is two-part: academic and social/emotional. Academically, LIS is working towards students taking ownership over their individual academic progress. Students will "check in" to see their achievement or opportunity for improvement on their grades and MAP scores. The social/emotional side of the goal begins with the still-developing and student-managed Tiger Care Club. Students are brainstorming ideas to promote Tiger Care throughout the school.
“We have used social media to promote the efforts of this group,” said LIS Principal Garth Carlier. “If you follow LIS on Twitter (@Tigers_LIS) you would have seen a Tweet with a picture of the names of the students who are managing this group. They have had their initial meeting and have generated some cool ideas around care, respect and responsibility.
“Our Care goals represent what is important in schools today. Not only is school a place to learn academics, but it is also a place to learn the importance of community. Being a part of LIS is about finding out who you are, how to treat others and how to become an important piece of a community.”
At LMS, building on the self-awareness being taught at LIS, the school has added additional structure to further help Tigers develop the leadership skills they need. During the 2017-18 school year the building awards weekly recognition for departments, staff members, athletics and coaching. They additionally promote donations from the community, business collaboration and booster collaboration. There is an emphasis on the core values of the building with special themes built into the school year to promote a positive student experience and pep rallies to encourage team building. Guest speakers are brought in to provide different real-life perspective and social media, like Twitter (@COgdan and @GoLMSTigers) is used to encourage positive communication and support for each other.
“Ultimately LMS has a building mission of Improve or Deteriorate,” explained LMS Principal Chuck Ogdan. “We focus on the whole child and empower each student to grow each day by emphasizing our LMS four core values: Grit, Rise, Innovation, and Leadership. By collaborating with students, families, and staff, LMS established an environment in which students want to come to school due to our #TigerCare culture. School is a place to learn, and we are having fun while we accomplish that goal. Students are recognized on a weekly basis for upholding our four core values and are celebrated in a public way. Students are asking other students, teachers, parents, and principals what they are doing to improve every single day.”
Click here to see #TigerCare in action at Loveland High School.
Click here to see Tiger Care for our Tiger Cubs.
Photo caption: Students and staff members at LMS are recognized weekly for embodying the four core values of the building: Grit, Rise, Innovation and Leadership.