As we journey into the world of Conscious Discipline at Joyner, we continue to find the work that we already do seems to match the work of building a school with this mindset. If you have been in our hallways lately, you might have noticed a half sheet of paper, colorful and bright by the doorways. These offer choices to our students of how they would like to be greeted in the morning when they walk in their classroom. The list includes a handshake, high-five, hug, or creative option. Students fist bump. There are secret handshakes between students and teacher. Some just offer grins and call hello. No matter how they do it, we want each of our children to have a moment that they are recognized for joining the school family that day.

An important piece of Conscious Discipline that immediately resonated with the Joyner staff was the school family community. Each child and staff member is important and have a role in making our day move forward. Teachers have included this greeting in the morning in many different ways. Some students have the job to greet each new student entering the room. In some classrooms, it is the teacher.

I love to stand at one of the hallway crossings in the morning greeting our families and students as they come from the many directions. I enjoy connecting and checking in with everyone. I already know that most students have already had staff welcome them outside as they get off the bus or at their car door by the safety patrol or welcomed by our teacher on duty at the cross walk. I love that many of our parents that walk their children in also call out to other children and welcome them in the morning. Our parents begin to learn their children’s classmates and connect with them.

So families, as you come in, know that you are helping us build our Joyner school family community just by saying hello, smiling at a child and each other. The simple act of good morning could turn someone’s day into the right direction. And in your greeting, you made a child’s day step forward in a great direction at Joyner. Thank you!