Every month we focus on a specific character theme. Mrs. D-W visits each classroom to talk with the students about what each theme means and how to represent those attributes here & at home. Then once a month we hold an assembly to honor 2 students from each class who exemplify the character theme. Additionally, the specials teachers choose one class who demonstrated that virtue best and they are awarded as well.
November-Loyalty (Good Citizenship/Veterans)
A great book, The Essential 55 by Ron Clark, was given to the staff as a gift from Mr. Wozniak. Several of these rules were chosen for all staff members to work on during the school year. The schedule is as follows:
September-Rule 23: Know other teachers’ names (and classmates, too!) and greet them in the hall by name. (p. 79), Rule 2: Making eye contact. (p. 2), Rule 44: When walking in line, keep your arms at your sides and move quietly. (p. 124) and Rule 45: Never cut I line. (p. 127).
October-Rule 15: Do not ask for a reward. (p. 54).
November-Rule 7: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and say “excuse me.” (p. 20).
December-Rule 9: Always say “thank you” when given something. (p. 24) and Rule 10: When you receive something, do not insult the gift or the giver. (p. 27).
January-Rule 4: Respect other students’ comments, opinions and ideas. (p. 9).
February-Rule 10: When homework is assigned, do not moan or complain. (p. 67) and Rule 35: If someone drops something and you are close to it, pick it up. (p. 110).
March-Rule 5: If you win, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. (p. 14).
April-Rule 52: Learn from you mistakes and move on. (p. 146).
May-Rule 37: If someone bumps into you, say “excuse me” even if it was not your fault. (p. 112).