This school year, fourth and fifth grade students will take part in an altogether new experience at Brainerd Baptist School. In addition to the many aspects of student life that make their final years at our (K-5) school special, these students will be the first to participate in the House System at BBS.

The House System at Brainerd Baptist School is designed to serve as an extension of the school’s mission and vision. As both an academic and non-academic program, the House System seeks to nurture unity within the fourth and fifth grade student body. While promoting cooperation, healthy competition, and encouragement, this system will point students toward traits such as integrity, responsibility, kindness, and diligence. Our hope is to further build upon the strong culture and community of our school.

Each house has faculty representation to serve as heads of the house. These heads are comprised of fourth and fifth grade teachers and fine arts teachers. Students were assigned to four houses after their first assembly of the year. A few days later, they participated in an initial house meeting where house heads taught students a handshake, song, or chant to share with the members of their house throughout the year. Additionally, house members learned about their house’s unique crest and the house point system. It was a treat to hear the first house meetings draw to a close with the rumble of each house’s newfound chant or song pouring into the hallway.

During the year, students will have many opportunities to earn points for their houses. These points can be earned by displaying quality character traits or through a simple act of kindness. House competitions and specific academic goals may also contribute to points for a house. In fact, our first house competition will take place next week, and I’ll have some more on that soon.

These past few weeks were exciting as we introduced some new things at our school. However, it wasn’t all that unique in the sense that we had teachers – working together – putting in to place good ideas with support from administration. The early excitement of the students has been encouraging, and we are looking forward to seeing this grow and develop throughout the year!

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