Kindergarteners are building cameraderie with a Harry Potter style house system, and making friends with each other and with older students.
At Russell Elementary, as the kindergarten class entered the gym, older students were already seated with fellow “house” members. House Compassion was led by teachers with red feather ears in stomps and claps. A teacher from House Resilience tossed a ball back and forth to her students. And House Courage was dancing in the bleachers.
“Come on, kinders!” said principal Cindy Christensen, pumping her fist above her head.
Students wore stickers with name and house in the event they became lost. The kindergarten teacher, Rebecca Schendel, sorted her class by house. She sent each group of two or three children walking together towards their group on the bleachers.
The decision was made last year for Russell Elementary to imitate the house system in the Harry Potter Book series. students are randomly sorted at the beginning of the school year into six houses,. They pop balloons with the names of the houses written on paper slips inside. The houses are compassion, courage, integrity, resilience, gratitude and tenacity
“Russell School is creating an atmosphere of community and respect,” Christensen said