A new word of good character is emphasized in our district calendar each month.
Here at Jericho we focus on the district word as we present good character traits to the children through projects, lessons, assemblies, and other school-wide activities.
Each month our teachers and staff choose several “Students of the Month”. These students are those who have shown certain character traits for that particular month. The students will be recognized with a special certificate delivered by the principal!
A description of the character word and what it looks like in our school is shared during morning announcements at the beginning of each new month. These announcements are designed to inspire students to think about the character trait of the month and how they can best demonstrate it here at school.
The Character Education Committee has created a “CARE Crafters” group that will meet once a month during the students’ recess time. Volunteer students, staff and parents work together to make projects that will be donated to various groups around the community. Please contact PTA if you are interested in attending meetings and/or volunteering for CARE Crafters Club.
Good character is taught daily at Jericho through mini-lessons and examples. The following are the words that are emphasized each month:
The word of the month for September is
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. ~U. Thant
Respect: To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard. Polite expressions of consideration or deferenceto show or feel admiration for something or someone.
Be beautiful if you can, Wise if you want to... But be respected-that is essential. ~Anna Gould
The word of the month for October is
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. ~Abigail Van Buren
Responsibility: Able to distinguish between right and wrong and to think and act rationally, and hence accountable for one's behavior. Involving accountability, obligation, or duties.
"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done." ~Author Unknown
The word of the month for November is
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
Citizenship: Good citizens understand that they have a responsibility to the community, environment and law.
Traits of good citizenship:
- Being a good neighbor by caring about others.
- Sharing your time and skills to the community to make it better, cleaner and safer.
- Treat other people with respect and dignity.
- Conserving resources by practicing the three R's: Reduce. Re-use. Recycle.
- Staying informed on issues and voicing your opinions by voting.
The word of the month for December is
Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. ~Virginia Burden
Cooperation: An act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit; joint action. More or less active assistance from a person, organization, etc. An activity shared for mutual benefit.
Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. ~Author Unknown
The word of the month for January is
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama
Caring: Feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others; a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
The word of the month for February is
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain
Honesty: refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. ~Thomas Jefferson
The word of the month for March is
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Perseverance: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather
The word of the month for April is
We didn't all come over on the same ship, but we're all in the same boat.
~Bernard M. Baruch
Fairness: Pleasing to the eye or mind especially because of fresh, charming, or flawless quality, superficially pleasing. Not stormy or foul. Marked by impartiality and honesty, free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism.
The word of the month for May is
"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Self-discipline: the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could simply get yourself to follow through on your best intentions no matter what. Self-discipline is the assertion of willpower over more base desires, and is usually understood to be a synonym of 'self control'.
The word of the month for June is
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Courage: The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Being a good neighbor by caring about others.