- Woodland Park School District
Memorial Middle School Holds First House Sorting Ceremony
Memorial Middle School students recently participated in the first ever House Sorting Ceremony.
All students at Memorial School are sorted into four houses: earth, wind, fire, and water. Each house represents a character trait is instilled in the students and staff each and every day: earth - trustworthy, wind - respect, fire - responsibility, and water - caring.
The goal of the House System is to assist in improving the school’s overall climate, build a positive culture and provide every student, teacher, and staff member with a place to belong. The House assignment process is conducted through random sorting in order to ensure that each student is provided with opportunities to work and socialize with others outside of typical social circles. This in turn promotes a sense of belonging and connection at school.
The sixth graders, as well as students new to the school, were individually called to the front table and instructed to blindly select a colored gem, each color representative of one of the four houses. After all students were sorted, the newly developed houses took part in their first challenges: which team cheered the loudest and tug of war.
Knowing there are individuals to turn to for help provides students with a feeling of support and welcoming. In the upcoming months, each team will work together to participate in various events including, but not limited to, academics, athletics, school spirit, good citizenship, field day, and other things that come up that can be used as constructive competition. The always-friendly rivalry builds healthy school spirit and connectivity as an educational community.
House events will take place throughout the school year. Each house will earn and accumulate points at each event and will be accumulated towards a final reward.