What are the Husky Habits?
- Prepared to Learn
- Follows Expectations
- Engaged in Learning
- Manage Tasks and Deadlines
- Plan for Growth
Why do we practice them?
At Heritage, we recognize that the little things we do every day add up to make us who we are. Our daily behaviors determine the direction we grow. The Husky Habits are essential for academic success and, when practiced regularly, prepare students for success in life. Staff and students alike continually work on maintaining and improving these habits.
How do we practice them?
As a way of maintaining focus on these habits, staff have regular conversations about the habits in daily communication. Advisory classes spend Tuesday mornings participating in lessons about these habits and how to improve habits or reflecting on the habits using the HMS Work Habits Proficiency Scales.
How do teachers communicate student behavior of these habits?
Teachers enter a number into Power Schools to communicate proficiency levels for each of the 5 habits. First, students rate themselves. Then teachers review these self-assessments. If they agree, the score is entered into Power School. (This does not affect students' overall grade in a class, but they are entered to communicate each student's behavior which may be affecting a student's success.) If teachers disagree with a student's self-assessment, the teacher will conference with the student to increase self-awareness and plan next steps towards proficiency.
What if a student is not proficient in the habits?
We don't expect perfection at HMS. Instead, we focus on growth. The Proficiency Scales have been designed as a tool that can bring clarity towards next steps for students who are not proficient. The scales provide students, staff, and parents with guidance about small steps that can be taken to improve.
How can parents help encourage growth towards proficiency?
Parents can review the habits and reflect on how these play into their success as adults. Incorporating the language of the habits in conversations about life at home and work can help students see the enduring value in the habits. Parents can check Power School for Work Habits grades. Setting up weekly emails from Power School is an easy way of keeping updated about your child's grades and Work Habits. This allows opportunity to hold students accountable and celebrate successes.