Commit to Character: Cooperation

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘cooperation’.

Cooperation: We work together towards shared goals and purposes

Some examples of how we can be cooperative are:

  • listening to others
  • sharing with others
  • taking turns when more than one person wants something
  • compromise when there is a conflict
  • be supportive of other people’s ideas

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop cooperation include:

  • using newspaper or magazine articles to find examples of individuals working together towards a common goal
  • after reading a recent book, have students discuss or write about examples of cooperative effort. Are there any places in the book where cooperation might have made a difference?

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

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Commit to Character: Caring

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we highlight ‘caring’.

Caring: We show kindness towards each other

Some examples of how we can be caring:

  • treat people with kindness and generosity
  • help those in need
  • be sensitive to the feelings of others
  • don’t be mean/hurtful
  • think about how your actions will affect others
  • be polite
  • apologize when you need to

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop caring include:

  • brainstorm about “Random Acts of Kindness” and discuss how they affect other people and yourself personally
  • select someone who has demonstrated caring towards you and write a letter of thanks and recognition to that person

“We should behave to our friends as we wish our friends to behave to us.” – Aristotle

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Commit to Character: Responsibility

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘responsibility’.

Responsibility: We are accountable for our actions, and we follow through on commitments

 

Some examples of how we can show responsibility are:

  • completing chores/homework on time
  • following through on what you say you are going to do
  • taking responsibility for your mistakes
  • taking care of your belongings
  • if you borrow something, return it
  • always do your best
  • making smart choices (ex. eating healthy, wearing a helmet when riding a bike)

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop responsibility include:

  • discussing what responsibility looks like, feels like and sounds like
  • presenting an issue to the class and have them work together to design a plan that a responsible person or group could implement for a positive result

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something.” – Edward Everett Hale

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SCDSB recognizes Commitment to Character

On May 18, over 100 students, staff, volunteers and co-op employers gathered at the Education Centre for the annual Character Recognition Awards Evening. Each year, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), through the Character Education Development Project Team, recognizes individuals in school communities who demonstrate good character in their daily lives.

This year, employers providing co-operative education opportunities to our students were added as a sub-group for recognition.

Honourees were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their demonstration of one or more of the SCDSB’s Commit to Character attributes: integrity, responsibility, cooperation, caring, respect, optimism, honesty, equality, courage and inclusiveness.

“Our schools are filled with students, staff and volunteers who demonstrate amazing character on a daily basis,” said Superintendent of Education Daryl Halliday.

The event began with a performance from W.R. Best’s Ukulele Club. Artwork and videos created by students with a focus on good character and what it takes to be a great Canadian were shared throughout the evening.

Congratulations to all Character Recognition Award recipients!

A full list of Character Recognition recipients is included below:

Students
Abigail Beckett
Adam Laver
Sarah Hamby
Ainsleigh Baird
Alexa Flood
Alexandra Wilson
Ali Bull
Alyssa Brinkman
Amber Thiveierge
Ava Lazary
Ben Cridland
Blake Jones
Bolu Ogunniyi
Braedan Allen
Brooke Giles
Catherine Lacoursiere
Chad Malone
Charlotte Creswicke
Claire Sit
Clare Novakovich
Danny Webster
Devon Hansard
Dylan Cullen
Elise Durie
Erika Thomas
Gavin Jamieson
Gavin O’Leary
Gavyn Robinson
Grace Taylor
Jack Dimou
Jack Straw
Jacob Day Webber
Jaime Mogridge
James Doyle
Jocelyn Johnson
Jocelyn Kendall
Jordan VanWalleghem
Kaia Pluim-Simon
Kaitlyn McKnight
Kendra Lancaster
Kyles Swales
Maggie Gillis-Baker
Mallory Luhtala
Matt Moreau
Melia Robinson
Mya Greenwood
Natalie Betts
Noah Humble
Reece Oliver Clarke-Versluys
Reid Wilson
Ryder Hellingman
Sarah Steadman
Semiah Kyle
Sophie Cherutti
Steven McCartney
Tatiana Ferrante
Yasmin MacLean
Zoe de Savoye

Staff
Caroline Fisker
Chantal Millar
Diane Jolliffe
James Gallant
Jan Cumming
Jason Taylor
Jenn Manuge
Jessica Longthorne
John Gillen
John Brown
Karen Wilson
Kathy Hacon-Belcourt
Katie Cain
Katie Evans
Kit Luce
Marlene Macklin
Megan Fremeau
Rosalee Bard
Roseanne Moreau
Sally Telford
Stan Conaghan
Steve Harper
Tony Centurione

Volunteers
Alice Leach
Alison Currie
Amanda Campbell
Andrea Butcher-Milne
Anne Worts
Becky Dwinnell
Carrie Barnes
Clayton Culham
Colleen Cascanette
Erik Carl
Gaye Spencer
Heather Rowell
Janice Breadmore
Jennifer Dunster
Jill Ruppert Julia Lialiuk
Karen Aigeldinger
Kelly Coward
Ken Wilkins
Michelle Magnusson
Patty Wilkinson
Sherry Watton
Tammy Boker
Tara Marshall-Sutton
Tim Moncin
Tony Denbok
Tracy Ross

Cooperative Education Employers
Bayfield Ford Lincoln
Danny Viveiros & Victoria Gilbert – Dortec Industries, Bradford
Dr. Sally Moran & Dr. Hilary Rodd – Orillia & District Veterinary Services
Jackie Curd – The Clothes Line
Michelle Mailhoit – Michelle’s Top Soil

Commit to Character: Respect

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘respect’.

Respect: We treat ourselves, others and the environment with consideration and dignity

 

Some examples of how we can show respect are:

  • listening to others when they are speaking
  • not making fun of others
  • value the opinions of other people
  • don’t mock or tease
  • be sensitive to the feelings of others
  • show interest and appreciation for everyone and their ideas

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop respect include:

  • having students work in groups to create collections of examples noting what respect looks like, feels like and sounds like
  • having students research the word respect in other languages and find out ways that respect is demonstrated in other cultures

“There is a longing among all people to have a sense of purpose and worth. To satisfy that common longing, we must respect each other.” – Chief Dan George

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Commit to Character: Optimism

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘optimism’.

Optimism: We maintain a positive attitude and have hope for the future

Some examples of how we can show optimism are:

  • staying motivated even when things don’t go well
  • when something bad happens, think about what you could do to avoid similar bad outcomes in the future
  • believing that hard work will pay off
  • make the best of all situations
  • focus on the positives instead of the negatives

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop optimism include:

  • identify and share songs that have an upbeat tone and a positive, uplifting message
  • have students to set an optimistic goal for their school year. Its focus could be: achievement, contribution to school, work completion, involvement in co-curricular activities

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Commit to Character: Inclusiveness

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘inclusiveness’.

Inclusiveness: We include everyone in what we do and value their contributions

Some examples of how we can be inclusive are:

  • listen to and consider everyone’s ideas
  • don’t exclude anyone
  • let others join in when playing games
  • don’t discriminate or judge
  • be open to everyone and consider their feelings
  • include everybody!

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop inclusiveness include:

  • create a T-chart with Inclusion and Exclusion as column headings. Work with students to complete the chart by listing some of the consequences of each (i.e. hurt feelings, violence, and friendship)
  • encourage students to interview a classmate, a staff member at school or someone within their family circle. Have them focus their questions around the topic of inclusion

“Practice tolerance and live together as good neighbours.” – The United Nations Charter

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