Tinsley ES building ‘Global Graduates’ through leadership council

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A group of 20 students at HISD’s Tinsley Elementary School is getting a head start on middle school, as well as a chance to build their leadership skills, thanks to a new council created by the principal.

Twice each month, 17 fifth-graders and three fourth-graders meet with the principal and faculty sponsors to discuss qualities of the Global Graduate and other subjects of interest, and once a month, they host a dinner for families and distinguished community members. The most recent dinner, held on Jan. 28, featured a special guest — Board of Education First Vice President Wanda Adams.

“I wanted to provide an opportunity for our fifth-graders to look at what it really means to be a Global Graduate, particularly as it relates to leadership,” said Principal David Barragato. “They hear from real leaders in our community and participate in other activities that build leadership skills. Another key function of the council is to help students prepare to successfully transition to middle school.”

“Being a member of the Principal Leadership Council means that your actions speak louder than words, and you must truly live up to the expectations set,” added fifth-grade teacher and council co-sponsor Melissa Fahey. “These scholars are outstanding academically and socially, and maintain excellent behavior.”