Merrimac Elementary School
"Leadership is communicating a person’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” - Dr. Stephen Covey
The Leader in Me process is designed to help teachers develop leadership
skills in their students. Helping students discover their own strengths
allows teachers to find opportunities for every child to shine - to be a
leader. Teachers are incorporating the common language of the 7 Habits
of Highly Effective People, by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, into all
We are proud to be recognized as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.
Lighthouse status is an external recognition of an internal
transformation. It is reserved for schools that have developed a great
leadership culture that is impacting their community - student,
teachers, administrators, parents and others - in meaningful ways.
Awarding lighthouse status is a way that Franklin Covey honors the
greatness in schools. When a school achieves lighthouse status, their
circle of influence gets larger and they are able to impact more people
around the globe as they share their successes and mentor other schools.
The process includes student participation in goal setting, data
tracking, leadership roles, Student-Led Conferences, leadership
environments, and Leadership Events. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me process and
is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal,
interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness such as responsibility,
vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal. The 7 Habits
are: 1. Be Proactive, 2. Begin with the End in Mind, 3. Put First Things
First, 4. Think Win-win, 5. Seek First to Understand and then to be
Understood, 6. Synergize, 7. Sharpen the Saw, 8. Find your Voice.
Incorporating Leader in Me practices within our school's environment and
curriculum will help our students become even more prepared to succeed
in the 21st Century, with critical skills and characteristics such as:
trustworthiness, strong work ethic, motivation, problem-solving skills,
goal setting, effective interpersonal skills, a sense of teamwork,
academic achievement and valuing diversity in a global market. By
developing the WHOLE-child; socially, emotionally and academically, we
will foster a school climate that promotes greatness!
For more information about The Leader in Me, visit www.theleaderinme.org.
The Leader in Me provides our school with the vision and language to
lead the school in a way that addresses all areas of development. As
each child discovers and develops his/her unique gifts and talents, they
are given opportunities to lead. As leaders, they become active,
engaged partners in their own education and their self-confidence,
responsibility, and initiative grows. The children quickly understand
the benefits of different gifts and talents; they learn to listen to new
ideas, work together to achieve results, and motivate one another to be
Merrimac has a Lighthouse Team comprised of students,
staff and parents. We work collaboratively to begin with the end in mind
by setting goals and formulating a plan action for the school year. We
link our school-wide goals to our classroom and individual goals.
Student Lighthouse Team is a group of students with exceptional
leadership skills who are committed to serving our school. This team is
led by Ms. Barbara Montalbano. Throughout the year they will work on
school improvement projects, community service projects, and plan
leadership events and opportunities.
The purpose of the
Lighthouse Team is to promote The Leader in Me model inside the school
so that it stays strong and vibrant year after year. They are the
champions of the process. They are called the Lighthouse Team because
they coordinate the school-wide work needed to achieve and maintain
The Student Lighthouse Team represents
Merrimac Elementary in the community. This team is composed of a student
from each class - K-5. The Student Lighthouse Team is involved in
decision-making, school projects, and public appearances, such as
speaking to community groups to represent our school.
Lighthouse Teams 2019-20
Student Members: Marisa L., Christian C., Christian C., Jeanette B., Maxwell M., Zachary G., Lauryn N., Nicholas I., Helen L., Grace D., Zoe D., James K.Rachel P., Gabriella F., Gabriel M., Lilyana C., Gianna F., Elaine M., Dylan S., Sloan B., Melanie L., Stephan S.
Parent members: Ms. Borak, Mr. Fucci, Ms. Garcia, Mrs. Herdina, Mr. Fucci, and Mrs. Webster
members: Ms. Sansivero, Mrs. Recupero, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. Motroni, Ms.
Martinez, Mrs. O'Malley, Mrs. Scardino , Mrs. Baker, Ms. Degenhardt,
Mrs. Hauser, Ms. Indrigo, Mrs. Montalbano, Ms. Forman, Ms. Parcelluzzi,
Ms. Lofreddo, Ms. Peragine, Ms. Beltram, Ms. Peters, Ms. Savio
Administrator: Mrs. DeCicco
Merrimac's Leader in Me Video 2014
Video from Sean Covey