A Character Driven Education
For sixty years, we have placed a high importance on developing the character of our students. One of the reasons for the establishment of our school back in 1961 was the desire of the founding parents to have their children educated in an environment where character education was integral to the curriculum. We incorporate character qualities into classroom discussions and projects beginning in kindergarten and by the time our students graduate, they possess a strong sense of morality, emotional intelligence, and character.
A Look at Character Education in the Classroom
Fourth graders started off the school year discussing the character quality of Self-Control on the first day of school.
"We read a quote posted on our classroom wall that reminds us of the importance of our words. What we choose to say can either build up others or tear them down. Throughout the year, I also read carefully selected books to affirm the value of self-control and to stir thoughtful conversation. As our students develop a deeper layer of self-awareness and empathy, it is crucial for them to understand how important it is to use discretion in their actions, words, and even their expressions. During our Heritage Celebration, our students have the opportunity to live out these specific lessons of self-control by tasting new foods and unfamiliar dishes with poise and restraint, by listening to peers with attentiveness, and by celebrating the uniqueness of one another with dignity and affirmation. In choosing to honor the needs of others and to respect boundaries, we see our students grow in compassion, thoughtfulness, and understanding."
- Our recently retired 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Gilbert