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Cisneros House System

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Cisneros Elementary House System

The purpose:

+ to build and promote community across the grade levels and throughout the school
+ to encourage positive behavior and expectations
+ to teach students to take ownership of their role in the community
+ to promote healthy competition

Basic information

Students and staff will be sorted into the five different houses, each named after one of Acero School's core values.  Each house will form a community that will be their school family. We will be establishing a school culture that encourages school pride, tradition, and accountability. House points will be awarded to students for exceeding WILD expectations.

House Name


Value Statement

House Leader



We set goals and do what it takes to achieve them.

Ms. Kitchen



We contribute to, respect and serve in our communities.

Ms. Beck



We expect our best and strive to make our best even better.

Ms. Chrystal



We learn and grow through adversity and challenges.

Mrs. Hopkins



We believe in our ability to create the future we envision.

Mr. Gillies



Students earn points by exhibiting desired behaviors and character traits. Teachers give points through the KICKBOARD program. Once a student earns a point, it cannot be taken away.

Examples of desired behaviors and character traits:

- Kindness 
- Collaboration
- Cooperation
- Leadership
- Helps others
- Uses time wisely
- Active listening/engaged
- Above and Beyond

Recognition of Houses

+ At the end of each quarter, the winning house will be announced during the Quarter Celebration Assembly.
+ A special celebration will occur for students in the winning house each quarter. Winning house is determined by highest overall point total.
+ House points will start over each quarter, but a cumulative total will be kept for the end of the year.
+ A special recognition assembly will take place at the end of the year for the House of the Year.

Recognition of Individuals

+ Every Monday, the highest point earner from the previous week is announced and will borrow a tie (in their house color) for the week.  
+ Students can be added to Incentive Lists after reaching a set number of points per Point Category. For example, once a student earns 5 Kindness points in a given week, s/he will have their picture taken and placed on a Kindness Board in the school. Or, once a student earns 5 Above and Beyond points, s/he can elect to borrow the principal’s chair for the day.
+ Other recognition opportunities may include:
    • Lunch with a preferred staff person
    • Free entrance to a school dance/event
    • Name added to a wall tile
    • And more! … do you have unique and interesting ideas? Share them!

House Mentorship

+ Each House will have a House Leader who is a staff person.
+ Once selected, House Mentors will . . .
  • An “A-Team” is a group of student leaders who act as encouragers for their peers to attend school with regularity and to be on time.
  • Organize  and Facilitate House Council meetings
  • Monitor attendance  of House members weekly and leverage student leaders to be part of an A-Team
  • Facilitate a House-sponsored event and a House-sponsored assembly in coordination with the Dean of Community
  • Own building a sense of community and camaraderie among house members
  • Maintain a House bulletin board

Student Leadership

+ At the start of the school year, students may file to be part of their House Council.
+ Students will submit an application to their House Leader.
+ From those applications, Mentors will select a House Captain and Lieutenant as well as grade level Ambassadors.
+ Once selected, House Councils will . . .
  • Attend House Council meetings
  • Participate on their House’s A-Team
  • Design and host one or more House-sponsored event and a House-sponsored assembly in coordination with the Dean of Community
  • Build a sense of community and camaraderie among house members
  • Maintain a House bulletin board