House of Colors: A New School-Wide Program
House of Yetis
New Summit is excited to introduce a new program based on award-winning Ron Clark Academy’s “House of Colors.” Since our mascot is the Yeti, we will be calling it “House of Yetis.” The House of Colors program will help us not only achieve a higher standard of positivity among our staff, students, and families, but also give us the opportunity to put into effect our school’s core principles and integrate them into our culture.
Our school has always been based on the theme of educational community, and in order to develop our school community, we want our staff, students, parents, and even our local community to connect with, develop relationships with, and invest in each other. Our goal is to develop a system where EVERY student has a place to belong, be supported, and be successful. This will make our school community stronger.
- What are houses? The house system is a traditional feature of schools in England. The school is divided into subunits called “houses,” and each student is assigned a house, providing a focus on loyalty. Houses may compete with one another (during sports, for example).
- Why houses? We want to develop a system where EVERY student has a place to belong, be supported, and be successful. This will make our school community stronger.
- How will houses be sorted? Students and staff will be randomly sorted into houses during the third week of school. There will be six houses, each with a specific character trait and a name relating to Yetis, our mascot.
- House Championships: Houses will be competing against each other using a token point system. Tokens can be awarded to students who go above and beyond in the classroom and with their peers. Each quarter, the house with the most tokens wins the House Championship.
- Community Building: Each house will have students and staff from every grade level. House members will be able to get to know each other through meetings and house events. Students will have the opportunity to be mentors and tutors to their peers.
No, house selection is random in order to give students the opportunity to meet and form relationships with staff and peers they might not otherwise interact with on a daily basis.
No, they will stay with their house for their entire time at New Summit. This is important for building community and strong bonds.
Yes, parents will be able to order a house shirt. (More information will be available soon.)
No, points can only be given, not taken away; this is not a behavior management system.
No, houses are for staff and students; however, you are welcome to show support for your child’s house by volunteering for house events.
Again, house selection is random.