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FISH! Philosophy
'Spawns' Improved School Culture


The FISH! philosophy is a fun approach to team building and culture improvement that has been adopted by many schools. One year, we used FISH! as our yearlong school-wide theme. That theme created the most sustained staff buy-in of any theme we have used. We included lots of fun tie-ins to that theme. One of our teachers volunteered to do the Fish Catch Of the Day, a daily e-mail that kept us all in touch and was great for team building. We presented a Catch of the Day Award too. This was an opportunity for the leadership and the entire staff to recognize our peers for doing the special things we do every day. The names of all recipients of the Catch of the Day Award Name were entered in a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card or restaurant gift certificate. Of course, their award was mentioned in the Catch of the Day email too.

The leadership team at DeQuincy Elementary School, DeQuincy, Louisiana

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