Forts Pond Elementary achieves coveted ‘Lighthouse School’ status
In a recent school-wide assembly, Forts Pond Elementary School Principal Michelle L. Smith surprised students, staff, parents, and others in attendance with news that the school has been named Lexington One’s latest “Lighthouse School.”
The coveted honor is part of FranklinCovey’s “The Leader in Me” program, used in 2,781 schools worldwide. The program pivots off author Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” teaching students leadership and life skills for the 21st century.
There are currently only 250 schools worldwide that have received Lighthouse Status, including schools in Canada, Indonesia, and the United States.
Forts Pond Elementary, located in Pelion, is Lexington County School District One’s fifth Lighthouse School, according to district spokeswoman Mary Beth Hill.
The Leader in Me program is a three-year-long process of self-evaluation and implementation of the leadership model with students, staff, parents and community. In order to achieve this goal, FPES had to put a Lighthouse Team in place, create a leadership environment, teach and reinforce the 7 Habits, work together collaboratively, have students in meaningful leadership roles, involve parents, create and hold leadership events, use student data through leadership notebooks and other leadership tools, and show measurable results.
Members of a Lighthouse Review team spent the day at FPES on December 7, where they met with and interviewed parents, students, and staff, toured the school, visited classrooms, and reviewed data with students.
FPES has 599 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5.
Other Lexington One schools to attain Lighthouse status include Saxe Gotha Elementary on April 19, 2013, Lake Murray Elementary on May 21, 2013, Oak Grove Elementary on March 24, 2014, and White Knoll Elementary on March 26, 2014.