Vestavia Hills Living

2018

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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L O R I E B E L S K I A S S I S T A N T P R I N C I PA L " Talent teams are designed to enhance leadership in a small group setting and to help children receive hands-on experience in something they might want to pursue later in life as a career or hobby, " 2 0 1 8 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 27 V E S T A V I A H I L L S E L E M E N T A R Y C E N T R A L In Fall 2017, Central launched a new leadership initiative, iLEAD. The initiative began with guidance lessons teaching students positive character traits such as taking initiative, setting goals, prioritizing activities, problem solving, listening to others' point of view, cooperating with others and balancing their busy lifestyle. After these traits were taught, each student and faculty member selected a Talent Team, similar to a school club, with options such as gardening, fitness, sewing, cheerleading, dance, Pinterest, German, French, Spanish, Mystery Skype, Percussion Fun, Harry Potter Book Share, Kindness Club and Recycle Club. "Talent teams are designed to enhance leadership in a small group setting and to help children receive hands-on experience in something they might want to pursue later in life as a career or hobby," says Lorie Belski, assistant principal. Teachers, administrators, and students from Pizitz Middle School and VHHS have helped lead Talent Teams, and some parents are eager to lead sessions as well. "VHEC has been very pleased with our first year of Talent Team implementation," Belski says. "The concept has gone over well, allowing children to feel connected to other students and teachers throughout the building. Keeping our leadership goal in mind, it is our hope that through this endeavor, we will continue to nurture and uncover our students' strengths and talents."

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