"Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of a true education."
Dr. Martin Luther King
Character education is a partnership with parents and the community to foster honest, responsible, and caring students. It is an intentional and proactive effort to help students understand, care about, and act upon basic values that we all share. Character Education promotes a positive school climate where students are more polite, honest and respectful, enhances student achievement by improving school attendance and reducing classroom conflicts, and encourages community involvement and a lifelong commitment to helping others.
Each school integrates character education into three main areas:
1. Academic Environment: Established rules and procedures promote a productive, civil and safe school.
2. Curriculum and Instruction: Character traits are integrated into the classroom lessons to promote understanding and decision making skills.
3. Service Learning: Students are involved in acts of service to help them develop a sense of responsibility and concern for the well being of others. It is through these hands on experiences that students reflect and learn how their actions can make a difference.
MTES focuses on a different trait each month; however, all character traits are highlighted and modeled throughout the year. The character traits include:
- Honesty: Be truthful in word and action
- Respect: Show high regard for self, others, and property
- Effort: Always do your best
- Kindness: Show concern for the well being of others
- Politeness: Show good manners toward others
- Tolerance: Show sympathy for or acceptance of feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from one's own
- Responsibility: Be accountable for your own behavior
- Trustworthy: Be dependable and reliable
- Loyalty: Be faithful to commitments or obligations
- Fairness: Demonstrate impartial, unbiased, and equitable treatment for all