Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Knowing the high school handbook: Lakota values and student expectations

Cheyenne -Eagle Butte High School promotes the idea that student “actions, attitudes, and appearance are a reflection of that student as a person, as a student of the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School, and as a memeber of their community,” states the C-EB High School Student Handbook. 

Students are expected to exhibit the Lakota Values of Spirituallity, Respect, Caring and Compassion, Honesty, Generosity and Helping, Humility, and Wisdom. 

Staff teach these values through lessons in class, Olweus lessons, presentations from guest speakers, interpresonal relationships between staff and teachers and between students. 

The school district, BIE and District 20-1 have instituted per the Tribal Council a prayer session in the mornings on Mondays and on Fridays at the end of the school day, which is an effort to promot the value of spirituality. 

Students are taught Olweus, which is an effort to teach respect, compassion, and caring. 

Generosity and helping is encouraged through the promotion of student programs such as Natural Helpers, Horsemanship, Student Council donation drives, and Earth Day trash pick-up efforts. 

Wisdom comes from students learning to face the consequences of their actions when they succeed or fail in any given task. 

Honesty is promoted both academically and socially through policy and teacher expectations. 

Students are still evolving as young men and women, and helping them to live the Lakota Values is a slow process that take the whole community working together to shape an understanding of what the values look like in everyday lives. 

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