One Book, One School... Wonder; written by RJ Palacio, is a funny, uplifting, and incredibly moving novel about a young boy named Auggie. August (Auggie) was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to a mainstream school--until now. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face, But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite apperances?
This year the students at Torrence Creek will continue a school wide character and bully prevention initiative by learning and putting into practice the rules of The Energy Bus. The Energy Bus is written by Jon Gordon and is a story about a boy named George who learns how to stay positive and overcome the challenges of life as a student by learning 5 key rules:
1) Creating a positive vision – if you have a vision you have the power to take control of your future and make your vision a reality.
2) Fuel your ride with positive energy – give smiles, be thankful, think happy thoughts, and focus on your successes each day
3) No Bullies allowed – do your best to treat others with kindness and if someone is engaging in bullying behaviors do something about it to keep them from ruining the “ride”
4) Love your passengers – put kindness into action and strive each day to create change one loving act at a time
5) Enjoy the ride – recognize that obstacles and challenges may come our way but we have a choice to make in regards to how these obstacles impact us
The goal of this school wide initiative is to encourage students to strive towards a positive attitude and having positive interactions with others daily. Torrence Creek will continue to offer students an incentive program referred to as “Tickets of Appreciation” that students can earn when they put into practice the rules of The Energy Bus.
"Bucket Filling" is a school wide initiative at Torrence Creek. The goal of this program is to encourage students to have positive interactions with other students. Torrence Creek began this program several years ago after introducing students to the story by Carol McCloud entitled "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" This book encourages students to see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. It uses the metaphors of bucket filling and bucket dipping to show the effects of our actions. At Torrence Creek students are doing a great job of fulfilling the truth found in this book.
Here are some examples of how Torrence Creek students are taking some time to fill someone's bucket:
First Grade student is always kind to his classmates and always includes them when they may feel sad.
Fifth Grade student is happy to help another group member when he was finished with his part of the project.
Kindergarten student always cleans up his art materials and helps to keep the art room and Torrence Creek beautiful.