Rockwood believes strongly in the importance of character education. This is an important variable as the district focuses its efforts on doing whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential.
Rockwood Character Education helps build caring students who demonstrate kindness, courtesy and compassion as well as students who show courage, integrity, patience and respect every day.
Students in Rockwood show responsibility, self-control and perseverance in the classroom and in the community.
The district uses the Caring Schools Community model with an emphasis on autonomy, belonging and competence, which is embedded throughout our curriculum.
The key in this anti-bullying program is the support of bystanders and the anonymity of students who report bullying actions in their school community.
Rockwood counselors teach students about the different roles involved in bullying behaviors and how to stand up to negative peer influence. Empathy, the opposite of bullying, is modeled and encouraged in students through student-led service training, buddy activities, school-family groups, and peer and adult mentors. Most importantly, conflict resolution skills provide students with skills to solve problems peacefully.
Rockwood has received numerous awards for its work in the area of character education:
Rockwood was named the 2006 National District of Character by the Character Education Partnership.
Rockwood National Schools of Character:
Babler, Blevins, Bowles, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Geggie, Kehrs Mill, Kellison, Uthoff Valley and Woerther elementary schools and LaSalle Springs Middle School.
Missouri Schools of Character:
Babler, Blevins, Bowles, Chesterfield, Early Childhood Center, Ellisville, Kehrs Mill, Geggie, Kellison, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Pond, Selvidge Middle School, Uthoff Valley, Westridge and Woerther.
Eleven Rockwood schools earned 14 Promising Practices Awards from the Character Education Partnership in 2014.
Rockwood Early Childhood, Eureka Elementary and Westridge Elementary received recognition by state education officials for Positive Behavior Support - a comprehensive approach to improving students’ behavior and academic performance.
Since 2000, the Rockwood community has raised more than one million dollars for the American Cancer Society through its annual Relay For Life event.
The WEB program (Where Everybody Belongs) is active in middle schools and high schools. Older students mentor younger students and model lessons in character education, anti-bullying and positive school climate.
The Leader in Me program has been used as a model in several Rockwood elementary and middle schools. Stanton Elementary received national recognition for its work in this area when it was named a Lighthouse School in 2011.