The House System Promotes Strength in Unity
Students in grades six through eight are divided into mixed-grade-level houses. Each house is named after someone they would like to emulate, has a motto and a mascot. Teacher mentors oversee the houses, and house captains (eighth graders who have applied and been selected by the mentor) lead house meetings.
Individual students earn points for their house by participating in school events, community service projects and extracurricular activities. Students carry their own monthly point sheets and must get signatures from adults who sponsor each event they participate in.
Mixing the students from all grades in the house provides more opportunities for students to meet peers with whom they may not otherwise interact, and the sixth graders feel more relaxed moving up to middle school. Faculty and student relationships improve as a result of them interacting outside the classroom. Positive peer pressure gets students involved in activities in order to support their house and students gain a sense of pride in being able to contribute. When all students feel they can make a difference it creates a climate where students and teachers want to be, making the House System a win-win situation!
Point sheets: Students are given an individual point sheet each month. Point sheets are color coded according to house colors.
Students may earn individual points in the following categories each month: Church ministry, sports, extracurricular, Boys Town, Virtue, and Teacher Appointed.
Purpose: To have all the houses congregate in a common area for friendly competition. The individual houses use this time to interact with one another, to build community, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
Individual House Meetings
Purpose: To come together as individual house to get to know one another, collect and distribute information and point sheets.
End of Year Awards
In May, following the Final House wide meeting, we have an award ceremony.
Winning House: The house with the most accumulated points for the year wins a field trip and is awarded the house cup with a plaque stating they are the winners.
Principal’s Challenge: A student from each house is recognized for having earned the most principals challenge points for the year. They are given a small gift.
Church Ministry: The student who has earned the most Church ministry points for each house is recognized and given a medal with their house saint on it.
Top Point Earner: The student who has earned the most overall points for the year for each house is recognized and given a gift certificate or are allowed to attend the field trip with the winning house.
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