Covedale School Students Lead the Way into a New School Year


Principal Michelle Kipp cuts the ribbon signifying the new Community Leadership Academy.

The 2018-19 school year feels like a fresh start for the Covedale community. Students and parents at Covedale School were treated to an ice cream social at the school’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to launch their new Vision 2020 program: Community Leadership Academy.

Covedale School is one of six schools launching a new specialized program for the 2018-19 academic year through CPS’ Vision 2020: My Tomorrow initiative. The new Community Leadership Academy encourages students to be leaders within their school and community.

a few students give Who Dey a lesson in geography and the best football team around.

“We’re making a huge effort to focus on social studies and promote the history, value, beauty and pride of our community,” said principal Michelle Kipp. “To lead in the community, our students really have to understand the history of the community and where we all came from.”

Principal Kipp also highlighted the ‘7 Habits of Healthy Kids’ in her presentation to parents and students. The seven habits will be incorporated into the curriculum to help students become aware of themselves and become leaders. The seven habits include being proactive; beginning with the end in mind; putting first things first; thinking win-win; seeking first to understand, then to be understood; synergizing; and sharpening the saw.

Along with the new program comes access to new technology and resources, such as iPads, GoPro cameras, drones, and a new research teacher and technology coordinator in the media center. These new resources are designed to integrate technology for research and communications so students benefit from more hands-on experiences.

Principal Kipp introduced her teachers and staff to families before students and parents visited classrooms to meet them. There was even a surprise visit from Cincinnati Bengals mascot, Who Dey!

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