Creating a Culture

Henry Foss HS (Tacoma): Leadership Lock-In

Leadership Lock-in is a night at Foss where students, nominated by teachers, stay the night on campus and participate in leadership activities. These students don't have to be current leaders; students who have untapped leadership potential are most encouraged to participate. We have 3 workshops, designed and run by members of ASB that correlate both with the theme of Lock-In (this year was Wreck-It Ralph) and leadership skills. Between workshops, team building games are played, also run by ASB. At the end of the night, we do an exercise called Walk The Line, which can get very emotional and really brings are student body together. In the aftermath, Lock-In has made a huge difference in the culture of Foss and how students treat one another.

This program meet Criteria 1 and 8 of the Leadership Framework: Creating a Culture and Closing the Gaps.

For further information on this program, contact Carlena Stroud, ASB Adviser, Foss HS.

Central Valley HS (Spokane): The Stinky Sneaker

The Stinky Sneaker is a rivalry basketball game between Central Valley High School and University High School. The school that wins the "shoe" is the school that, according to a board of judges, is the most spirited, has the best sportsmanship, is the most unified and wins the basketball games.

It graduated from alternating high school gyms a few years ago to The Spokane Arena because there are just so many participants. This year, Central Valley had over 1,400 students (2/3 of our school population) attend the event. Our leadership classes have been working non-stop for the past three months preparing for the Stinky Sneaker as has University's ASB. It is a very important event for Central Valley High School that we use to unify our student body. We were able to create over 1,200 replicas of four different props made by hand that our student body used while being judged in the spirit competition.

In-between the girls and boys basketball game, each school gets as many students and teachers as it can to participate in a half time dance. The dance is an opportunity to unify our students with special needs with the remainder of our student body and it allows people who normally would not mingle to get together in a creative atmosphere and come together to reach for a common goal.

The 2016 stinky sneaker was won by University high school due to their hard work and determination. Although Central Valley may have lost the shoe this year, we still went above and beyond the goals we created for ourselves as a leadership class. We unified our school, supported both of our basketball teams, and overflowed with pride for our wonderful school.

I have never been more proud to be a CV Bear.

This program applies to criteria 1, 7 & 8 of the Leadership Framework: Creating a Culture, Engaging Communities, Closing the Gap

Sumner High School: Marking - a New Way to Show You Care

Marking is a way to recognize students and staff within the school by doing something for them to know that they matter. There are three main types of Marking: Targeted, Mass, and Participatory. Each type of marking shows individuals that the school and students care in a different way. Something to be aware of when planning the marking projects is how much or little you are asking of the students or staff in order to participate in that marking project. Marking is a way for students to reach out to other students. For example, writing each student’s name on a Spartan head before the first day of school and hanging it on the wall. This project shows the low risk involvement of having to pick their name off the wall. It also fulfills the need of students to be recognized in one simple way.

For further information, please contact Brandon Wentzel, Caleb Knox, or Jeff Baines

This program applies to criteria 1 and 8 of the Leadership Framework: Creating a Culture and Closing the Gap.

Mariner High School: Culture Week & MLK assembly

This event provides a platform for students to showcase their cultural pride through representing and displaying who they are. The celebration and sharing of culture brings our school closer together as a community, by celebrating the diversity of our community. This week culminates on our Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, where we represent the epitome of MLK's Dream of a culturally unified and supportive society. It is truly inspiring and amazing with so much diversity at our school what a strong, loving and unified community we have.

This program applies to criteria 1 and 7 of the leadership framework: Creating a Culture and Engaging Communities

Nominations Now Open

Nominations Now Open

Do you know a school or district that has put together something amazing? Maybe an inclusive event that helped to create culture, a program that addressed the achievement gap, or an activity that ensured social safety? AWSL wants to recognize these schools and share their ideas so that others can share in their success.

Successful nominations can address a wide variety of topics, audiences, and causes that contribute in some way to one or multiple criteria of the Leadership Framework. You can learn more about here.

Award winners and their nominated projects will be featured here on the Honor Roll web page. Check back frequently so see the most recent honorees and their ideas.

To nominate your school or another, submit an electronic nomination form found here. Nominations are accepted and awarded year round and are not limited in number per school. Share your ideas, be recognized, and contribute to creating successful schools in Washington State.

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