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Hi! I am Chandra Hagan, the guidance counselor at the wonderful school Bend Gate Elementary.  This will be my second year at this school.  I am so happy to have been welcomed so warmly by the faculty and families of this school community. 

I am pleased that we are beginning two very important programs in our school. The Leader In Me is a program that empowers everyone, adults and students, to discover and use leadership skills based on the 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey.  The students will be given many opportunities to participate in leadership activities.  The other program that we will be participating in this year is The Catch Program.  This is developing a community that encourages healthy choices.  We will be encouraging healthy food choices and physical activities.  I am so excited about both of these new initiatives. 

I have several goals for this school year.  One goal I have is to reduce bullying behavior.  Bend Gate and Henderson County School District has a zero tolerance for bullying.  I want to encourage our students to stand up for others and themselves.  Another goal I have is to encourage safe media practices for our students.  Our students have access to many different types of technology in their daily life, and they should learn how to stay safe when using technology or the dangers they might encounter.  Finally, I want to encourage student involvement with our school.  The Leader In Me Lighthouse team is planning on starting several clubs that students can use for leadership opportunities. 

Thank you again for the opportunity to work with this wonderful community.  The students at Bend Gate have unlimited potential, and I cannot wait to see how far they will go. 

Thank you,

Chandra Hagan

Guidance Counselor