The educators and families at St, Mary's Springs Academy believe in using positive reinforcement to guide and discipline their children and students. In an effort to improve and maintain the positive school climate at SMSA we they have designed and implemented the slogan of LEAD- LOVE - LEARN. This is not only the philosophy they follow but it is the way they act. Posters promoting this practice are located throughout the building as a constant reminder to students, faculty and parents that this is the way we act and treat others. It is one way we are reminding students of the positive behaviors they can choose to make. In addition to the posters teacher have Lead - Love - Learn cards that help teach them and remind them how to positively enforce good choices and behaviors and how to rectify a negative situation positively.
Catholics in Action, (CIA) is another way that students demonstrate good choices, mentorship and can actively use and showcase their Catholic Values. CIA includes all 3rd- 8th grade students. They meet every Friday before mass and complete an activity together. Then they attend mass sitting not with their classes but all the grades mixed together. This fosters mentoring and friendship between grades. One favorite activity is the annual breakfast in which the CIA members prepare breakfast for each and the CIA field day in which they took a walk to a local park for a day of team building and games. By leading by example, the older students develop great relationships with younger students and are teaching them to care for one another as they go through the System.
Students in grades 3-5 are also given Angel CIA punch cards. These are to recognize the students who are showing loving, leading, and learning behaviors. The CIA punch cards result in a privilege pass which allows students to special privilege, for example; wear jeans, chew gum, have lunch with the Principal and others rewards. When they receive 5 punches in one month they are guaranteed a privilege pass and are also recognized during a monthly celebration.
Another tool used are the Lead Love Learn postcards. These postcards are filled out throughout the entire SMSA system and are sent home to parents so they can be notified when their student has made a positive choice. The student is then put into a drawing and once a month we draw a student from each grade level and they receive a privilege pass that allows them to pick a special privilege.
Each month we are also sending out a Wellness calendar that focuses on Leading, Loving, or Learning. It provides everyday practical things that families and individuals can do in their daily walk with the Lord.
Our hope at SMSA is to provide students and families with an environment that promotes leading, loving, and learning everyday through what we teach and what we model.