"Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success." -John Hays Hammond
Here at Valley View our character building lessons and activities address the six pillars of character.
In additional support of character education your Viking will receive Second Step curriculum which is a classroom-based program designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions. The Second Step lessons include: engaging songs and games, activities and take-home materials to reinforce learning.
How can you (the parent/guardian) get involved? That is a great question! You can help instill these traits in your student by speaking of and modeling the traits at home. Praise your student when he/she comes home and tells you they were Caught Showing Character and encourage them to continue those positive choices that led him/her to receiving that award. Start pointing out when you see your student exhibiting one of these traits. They will be so excited that you noticed that they will want to keep up the good behavior!
The 6 Pillars of Character
Below you can find more information on each Pillar of Character
TRUSTWORTHINESS- Think "true blue" * Be honest * Don't deceive, cheat or steal * Be reliable - do what you say you'll do * Have the courage to do the right thing * Build a good reputation * Be loyal - stand by your family, friends, and country
RESPECT- Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule * Be tolerant and accepting of differences * Use good manners, not bad language * Be considerate of the feelings of others * Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone * Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
RESPONSIBILITY- Do what you are supposed to do * Plan ahead * Be diligent * Persevere * Do your best * Use self-control * Be self-disciplined * Think before you act * Be accounntable for your words, actions, and attitudes * Set a good examples for others
FAIRNESS- Play by the rules * Take turns and share * Be open-minded; listen to others * Don't take advantage of others * Don't blame others carelessly * Treat all people fairly
CARING- Be kind * Be compassionate and show you care * Express gratitude * Forgive others * Help people in need * Be charitable and altruistic
CITIZENSHIP- Do your share to make your school and community better * Cooperate * Get involved in community affairs * Staf informed and vote * Be a good neighbor * Observe the laws and rules * Respect authority * Protect the environment * Volunteer