Character Education is a fundamental part of our NTCA program. Every class, every day, in every grade level, starts the school day with a character trait lesson, focusing on our district's character trait of the week. Without character, academic knowledge is of little benefit.
Our character education program has 4 primary goals:
1. Promote and model use of respectful language
2. Build relationships of acceptance and respect for diversity
3. Manage student behavior
4. Encourage perseverance, consistency, and integrity in our attitudes and actions
We believe that instilling values and ethics in our students - through an intentional focus on character education - coupled with our strong academic program, equips them for life long success.
Definition and Sentence
Excellence is doing my best. I give my very best to every task I do and to every relationship that I have. I give my best to others.
Honor is living with a sense of respect for what I believe is right. I honor people who do what they promise to do and who are worthy of my respect.
I am satisfied with the things that I have. I do not need material things to make me happy. I choose to be happy with what I have.
Service is giving to others and wanting to make a difference in their lives. I look for ways to be of service instead of waiting to be asked. The needs of other people are just as important as my own needs.
People can depend on me because I am responsible. I am accountable for my actions. When I make a mistake, I admit it and then I make amends. I do my best with any job.
I show generosity by giving and sharing. I give freely because I want to and not because I must. I do not expect anything in return when I give something away. I know that being generous shows others that I value and love them.
I am helpful by doing useful things for people just to make their lives easier. I care for myself and for others because I know I can make a good difference in their lives.
To be tolerant is to accept differences. I do not expect others to think, look, speak, or act just like I do. I know that everyone is different and we all have feelings, hopes, and dreams. I accept things that I cannot change with a sweet spirit.
I am committed because I am willing to give my all to my friends, a task, or something that I believe in. I keep my promises.
Integrity is standing up for what I believe is right and by living by the highest values. My words and my actions match. I mean what I say and I say what I mean.
I have compassion when I have kind feelings toward someone who is hurt or troubled. I am kind and forgiving when someone has hurt me, even though it is not easy to do.
I share others' feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that situations. I treat others the way I would want to be treated.
I have patience because I know that everything will turn out right. I am calm and tolerant even when difficult things happen.
I am thankful for what I have. I show appreciation for the little things that happen in my life every day. I do not wish for more than I have because I am content. I always say “Thank you” when someone helps me or when I receive a gift or compliment.
I show consideration by being thoughtful about other people and their feelings. I think about how my actions affect them and I care about how they feel.
I care by giving love and attention to people and things that matter to me. I am careful to give my best effort in all that I do.
I am giving when I present voluntarily and without respecting anything in return.
I am determined by focusing my energy and efforts on a task and then sticking to it until it is finished. I do things even when they are not easy so that I can meet my goals.
Practicing justice is being fair in everything that I do. I see with my own eyes and do not judge people by what others tell me. I stand up for my own rights and for the rights of others in a respectful way.
I show kindness by showing others that I care, doing something nice or unexpected to make their lives better. I show love and compassion when someone is sad or needs my help.
Unity helps me live and work with other people peacefully. I am connected to everyone and everything, so I value each person.
I have respect by caring about people and treating them with dignity. I value myself and other people. I treat other people the way that I want them to treat me. I show courtesy to everyone and show respect for the adults in my life.
Friendliness is being a friend. I smile and greet people and show an interest in them. I am happy to share my belongings, ideas, and feelings because I like myself and know that my friendship is worth a lot.
Self-discipline means self-control. I have self-discipline by not acting out when things do not go my way. I am in charge of my decisions and my behavior.
I show tact when I tell the truth kindly, with consideration for how my words will affect others. I know what to say and I also know when to keep my thoughts to myself. I am careful not to hurt someone else’s feelings because I would not want my own feelings to be hurt, either. I think before I speak.
My courtesy is shown when I am polite and have good manners. I speak and act in a way that values others and respects them. I say, “Please” and “Thank you” and show people that I care about them.
Diligence is working hard and doing the best job I possibly can. I take special care to do things step-by-step. I give all that I can to whatever I do.
Cooperation is working together for the good of everyone. I respect others and follow rules to keep everyone safe and happy. I am helpful to others and share the load.
I am showing flexibility when I am open to change. I cannot always have everything my own way. I am open to the ideas and opinions of others.
I am honest because I want people to know that I am truthful and trustworthy. I admit my mistakes and I do not pretend to be something that I am not. I do not need to impress others by misleading them because I am good enough just like I am.
Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong. I know that everyone makes mistakes. Instead of taking revenge, I will make amends. I forgive myself when I make a mistake and I keep changing for the better.
Perseverance is sticking to something or staying committed to something no matter how long it takes or what obstacles try to stop me. I finish what I start. I do not quit.
I am humble because I do not act as if I am more important than anyone else. I am happy to serve others and I think that other people’s needs are important. I am not perfect, and I do not expect anyone else to be. I do not judge others and I learn from my mistakes.
Understanding means that I show compassion to other people. I forgive people for their mistakes because I have an understanding heart.
I am trustworthy because people can count on me to do my best and to keep my word. I will do what I say, even if it becomes really hard. Others can be sure of me and I can be sure of myself.
Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something I believe in. I am loyal because I stay committed to people or to things that I believe in, even when other people do not.