Photo courtesy of Bayport-Blue Point School District
The Bayport-Blue Point School District community showed it was all aboard “The Energy Bus” as it hosted a Book Club night about the social-emotional learning initiative in the library of the James Wilson Young Middle School on the evening of Nov. 20.
The district has jumped on board with the Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey, an initiative that focuses on ways to bring ideas to students, motivating them to live a more positive life and cultivate a sense of leadership within their school community. The Energy Bus program is based on Jon Gordon’s books “The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy” and “The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story about Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges.” Bayport-Blue Point School District will be the first district in New York State to be officially certified.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney welcomed students, staff and parents to the book talk. He spoke briefly about the seven principles the district is adopting and some of the initiatives done at the schools so far this school year. The high school students are creating a video about the principles, while the middle school students have been discussing the topics during the advisory periods.
After having embraced the book and its principles during their season last year, the members of the girls varsity lacrosse team were invited to the book talk to share their ideas. Each table had their own open discussion about the books and their thoughts on it. Following the book discussion, the guests had a Zoom session with one of the leaders of “The Energy Bus” movement.