Douglas County School System Releases 'Character Words' for 2012-2013
The Douglas County School System is focused on character and this year's Character Words list starts with School pride and ends with Accomplishment.
Character Education is more important today than ever and it is never too late to start reinforcing concepts for young people. No matter what the circumstances, or who is involved, everyone can benefit from character education.
What is character education? What is the purpose? Character Education teaches specific traits in a manner that will help children and youth develop positive characteristics which foster self-controlled, respectful individuals, who think before they act and consider the consequences of their actions before deciding what direction those actions will take.
The Douglas County School System strives to build a common set of values among students, staff, and the community by focusing each week on a different character concept. Part of the kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum, schools are not only teaching about character concepts but are also encouraging students to apply the traits in their daily lives.
Students are also involved in many character building activities that help our community such as the collection and donation of canned goods during the holidays and participation in charities such as United Way and Relay for Life. Several schools have sponsored Red Cross blood drives in their communities.
The state has adopted a set of character concepts that schools utilize with the students.
The character words for the 2012-2013 school year are listed below.
Week of August
6th - School pride: The proper delight or satisfaction in your school’s achievements and status
13th- Punctuality: Being on time, prompt; arriving at the right time
20th- Commitment: Devotion or dedication to a cause, person, relationship
27th- Gratitude: The feeling of being thankful or showing appreciation towards others
Week of September
3rd- Honesty: Being truthful and fair
10th- Patience: Power to wait calmly without complaining
17th- Sportsmanship: The ability to take winning or losing without gloating or complaining
24th- Self Control: The willpower to control actions and emotions
Week of October
1st- Respect for authority: Valuing and respecting others in official positions
15th- Self-respect: Demonstrating a positive opinion of one’s self
22nd- Trustworthiness: Dependable and reliable
29th- Reliability: Deserving of trust and confidence
Week of November
5th- Patriotism: Respect and devotion to one’s country
12th- Truthfulness: Freedom from falseness
26th-Cooperation: Working together for a common purpose
Week of December
3rd- Cheerfulness: Being good humored, bright and pleasant
10th- Kindness: Being friendly, considerate, and willing to help others
17th- Generosity: Willing to share and not be selfish
Week of January
8th- Fairness: Being honest and just
14th- Citizenship: Demonstrating individual rights and privileges as citizens of the United States
21st- Tolerance: Respecting the individual differences, views, and beliefs of others
28th- Courtesy: Polite and well mannered toward others
Week of February
4th- Compassion: Showing concern and sympathy for others
11th- Loyalty: True and faithful to love, promise, duty, or other obligations
25th- Equality: The right and opportunity to develop one’s potential
Week of March
4th- Perseverance: Working hard without giving up
11th- Courage: Meeting a challenge without giving into fear
18th- Creativity: Having imagination and inventiveness
25th- Diligence: Working hard in a careful, steady manner
Week of April
1st- Determination: Carrying out a purpose with great willpower and purpose
15th- Integrity: Adherence to a code of values
22nd- Respect for the Environment: Understanding and appreciating our responsibility to the environment
29th- Cleanliness: Maintaining neatness and tidiness
Week of May
6th- Appreciation: The expression of admiration, gratitude, or value
13th- Self-reliance: Relying on one’s own abilities, efforts, or judgments
20th - Accomplishment: Appreciation for attaining one’s goals
27th- Review of all words