Lusk Elementary/Middle School: Leadership in Our School

Our schools scream leadership throughout our culture. Everything we do serves to promote the development of leadership in our clients. Our programs and teaching methods are centered on the work of The 7-Habits of Highly Effective People, developed by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. The idea of building a school's culture around these 7 Habits was the brainstorming work of a small group of teachers committed to helping our school become the standard for leadership development in the state of Wyoming. The 7 Habits:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin With the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Our goal is to not only understand the principles taught using the habits, but to integrate them into our everyday lives to drive our personal success. All reports indicate that our stakeholders are excited about this shift in our focus as a school. They want these character traits reinforced and or taught to the students of our community.

Another major focus at our school is vocabulary development. Extensive research in the art and science of teaching is now being discovered regarding the importance of academic vocabulary. This research is reinforced by the work of the highly respected Dr. Robert Marzano, who reinforces the importance of vocabulary instruction. It is so important that we speak to our children using the most enriching vocabulary we can. Students need to personally own this rich academic vocabulary so that they have the skills to even the playing field and do whatever they set their hearts on as a career.

Our staff is committed to elevating our students' vocabulary development. We have discovered that there are twelve power words, compiled by educator Larry Bell. Students will find these words on most high stakes test. Often students know the material but answer incorrectly because they do not understand the question. The more students are exposed to these words and practice them, the more comfortable they will feel on test day. LEMS has committed to learning the 12 words. This level of thinking will make our students work at the highest possible level, and we will have the tools we need to do well on our tests. As parents you can help your child by using these terms whenever possible in their everyday lives.

Our culture compels us to set a purpose for each grade level, and as such each grade level has taken the time to self determine their own direction regarding their experience at our school. The following grade level mission statements have been developed by students. These are very powerful and meaningful proclamations.


  1. Trace: Outline, follow, list in steps
  2. Analyze: Break apart, think through, examine
  3. Infer: Read between the lines
  4. Evaluate: Judge, study
  5. Formulate: Build and create
  6. Describe: Tell about
  7. Support: Back it up with details
  8. Explain: Tell about it, who, when, why, and what
  9. Summarize: Tell the main parts, bottom line, main ideas
  10. Compare: List all the ways they are alike
  11. Contrast: Differences, all the ways they are different
  12. Predict: Tell what could happen next, look into the future