The Character Education Committee is a group of families and teachers who meet monthly and provide education about our character traits. The Committee is supported by a teacher PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support) Team and a community-driven group of families. We use the traits as a foundation of learning that is interwoven throughout classrooms and our school.
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The Carson Touchstone grounds our community at the beginning of each school year in our first character ed assembly. During this assembly we welcome all new students and staff to Carson, and they all sign the Touchstone banner. We revisit the Carson Touchstone in our final character ed assembly at the end of the year in which we celebrate all the collected Cougar Bucks and Character Links throughout the year. In addition, the final character ed assembly is where each class adds an artifact to their Time Capsules, which they open at the end of their 5th grade year.
“We are proud students, involved parents, committed educators and a caring staff. We are a warm welcoming community offering a safe, nurturing and challenging environment. Our children are comfortable growing, learning, and celebrating differences with consistency, honesty, responsibility, kindness, and respect.”
Every morning at Carson, students and staff join in on the following pledge that follows the Pledge of Allegiance:
“I pledge allegiance to myself and who I want to be. I can make my dreams come true if I believe in me. I pledge to stay in school and learn the things I need to know to make the world a better place for kids like me to grow. I promise to keep my dreams alive and be all that I can be. I know I can and that’s because I believe in me.”
Courage, Responsibility, Respect, Perseverance, Kindness, Acceptance, and Integrity
Every month, we teach and focus on one particular character trait. At the end of the month, each classroom teacher chooses a student who has exhibited the character trait. We celebrate these students at the end of each month through a character education assembly.
Parent volunteers from the Character Education Committee are assigned to classrooms to lead a monthly discussion and activity emphasizing our character trait for that month.
Character Links are part of PBIS. Character Links are used daily when students “Show Me 3”: respect, responsibility, and kindness. These links are collected by each class and are used as a behavior incentive program schoolwide.
Cougar Bucks are considered special and awarded to students who go above and beyond showing the Carson Character Traits. The student gets a Character Counts sticker along with the Cougar Buck so they can go home and tell you why they earned a Cougar Buck.
With the help from Committee Members and Student Council, Carson students have an Etiquette lunch on the first Monday of every month. Special table cloths, flowers and lesson plan integration help make this once a month activity unique and something for the kids to remember.
Each year, students create and vote on a design for a Character Ed t-shirt. The Character Education Committee sells T-Shirts to help students show their pride in school and the character we show.