Nearly 100 proposed House Rules have been narrowed down to 15. Some of the original options included it’s cool to care, be positive, and take pride in yourself.
The rules are being reviewed Wednesday night, October 24th, by the character education committee.
“We’ll put them on survey monkey and then the students will be able to vote,” Principal Dee Lancaster said, “and then we’ll decide how we’re going to roll it out and get the students involved from there.”
A big thing about these House Rules is the fact that they have been written by a group and not one person.
“It’s definitely more of a group thing. We tried specifically to move away from one small group working on it,” Flex teacher Robin Moten said, “we wanted to make sure that it was more inclusive, that more kids were involved. Not just kids in Birmingham Voice.”
So far this year the Birmingham Voice students have been using the majority of their time on the House Rules. They have been taking student suggestions and going over them to make sure that they will fit to Seaholm’s environment.
“Last year we worked with the club and we had the club trying to figure out what good House Rules would be,” Rink said, “we went back to the drawing board, we gave everyone the House Rules that we made last year and they had their own voice in the matter.”
The Groves House Rules, which have been in place for four or five years have worked well for their community.
“At Groves when they did their House Rules, they worked a lot better to incorporate the whole school,” Birmingham Voice President Katie Rink said, “and they wanted us to incorporate the whole school this year.”
“What it kind of was is a language. It was about ownership. It was about respect, it was about character, it was about integrity, all the things we kind of strive to do as a society. And in this specific case, strive to be as a school,” Vice Principal Othamian Peterson said.
Something that seems to be a recurring theme of the House Rules is how people treat each other and themselves.
“I hope that people understand the impact they have on everyone else and how easy it is to be kind to each other,” Rink says.
“Students create their own sort of ground rules,” Peterson said, “it’s how they want to treat each other, how the class should look.”