The Leader in Me

VPE is very proud to be a "The Leader in Me" school.  The 7 Habits are central to our philosophy of creating a safe and caring environment as well as instilling the Habits within our students and staff to allow them to be the very best them they can be.

 HABIT 1 - BE PROACTIVE: You're in Charge

  • I'm a responsible person.
  • I take initiative.
  • I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods.
  • I don't blame others for my faults.
  • I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is around.

HABIT 2 - BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND: Have a Plan

  • I plan ahead and set goals.
  • I do things that have meaning.
  • I'm an important part of my classroom and school.

HABIT 3 - PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST: Work First, Then Play

  • I spend my time on things that are most important.
  • I say no to things that I know I should not do.
  • I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan.
  • I am self-disciplined and organized.

HABIT 4 - THINK WIN-WIN: Everyone Can Win

  • I want everyone to be a success.
  • I don't have to put others down to get what I want.
  • When a conflict happens, I look for a third solution.
  • I believe we can all win!

HABIT 5 - SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD: Listen Before You Talk

  • I listen to other people's ideas and feelings
  • I try to see things from their viewpoints.
  • I listen to others without interrupting.
  • I share my opinions and ideas.

HABIT 6: SYNERGIZE: Together Is Better

  • I know that everyone is good at something.
  • Everyone needs to get better at something.
  • We can all learn something from each other.
  • Working in groups helps to create better ideas than what one person can do alone.

HABIT 7: SHARPEN THE SAW: Balance Feels Best

  • I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep.
  • I learn in many ways and many places, not just at school.
  • I take time to help others.