The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) held a Welcome Back Breakfast attended by all district employees on August 7. The breakfast included a keynote address from Muriel Summers, the renowned principal at AB Combs Elementary School known for her work integrating Steven Covey’s "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "The Leader in Me" in schools.
“We feel truly honored that Muriel Summers came to Fallbrook Union Elementary to deliver the keynote address. Her inspirational words served as a powerful reminder how 'The Leader in Me' and the 7 Habits have become a unifying thread that connects all FUESD students, teachers and staff," said Bill Billingsley, director of Student Services and Communication.
During the 2013/2014 school year, all FUESD staff read "The Leader in Me," Covey's book written for specifically for students and educators, and attended trainings to effectively integrate the 7 habits into district classrooms, school communities, and the fabric of the district. All FUESD Schools are now “Leader in Me Schools,” and FUESD is on course to become the first "Lighthouse District" (the highest level of 7 Habits implementation) in the United States. The Leader in Me initiative is funded through a sizable, multi-year grant obtained by Superintendent Candace Singh, with funds generously provided by the Panda Cares Foundation.
"The 7 Habits allow us all to speak in a unified voice, using consistent language to promote an atmosphere of leadership, respect, communication, and effective time management," continued Billingsly. "We begin teaching these critical life schools to our kindergarten students. Truly, the changes we've witnessed in our district since adopting the 7 Habits are nothing short of astonishing. At FUESD we are developing student leaders who are confident, and fostering life skills to ensure our students are successful both academically and socially.”
Many FUESD staff were inspired by Muriel Summer’s remarks. “Now, more than ever, I can’t wait for the students to arrive! I am so inspired by Muriel’s remarks. What an amazing kickoff to our school year,” said one elementary teacher as she was leaving the welcome back breakfast.
The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District serves kindergarten through eighth grade students at nine school sites, including two schools located on the United States Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. The District is committed to excellence in teaching and learning. FUESD ranked among the highest districts in San Diego County in growth of student academic achievement based upon the most recent STAR testing results. Several FUESD schools are designated as California Distinguished Schools, and also have been recognized for winning the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award for multiple programs.