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Safe and Caring Schools
 

Rockwood Character Education honors the following character traits:

  • Caring - demonstrating kindness, courtesy, and compassion
  • Cooperationworking together to accomplish a task
  • Courage - acting responsibly despite fears or difficulties
  • Integrity - being truthful, fair, honest, and trustworthy
  • Patience - waiting calmly
  • Perseverance/Effort - striving toward a goal despite challenges
  • Responsibility - being accountable for your own choices and behaviors
  • Self-Control - managing your behavior in a positive way.
  • Respect - showing positive regard for self, others, property, expectations, rules, and authority

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 student 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.  Some highlights of these awards and the district's other efforts to promote safe and caring schools include: 

  • Rockwood was named the 2006 National District of Character by the Character Education Partnership.
  • Ten schools have been recognized as National Schools of Character including:  Babler, Bowles, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Geggie, Kehrs Mill, Kellison, Uthoff Valley and Woerther elementary schools and LaSalle Springs Middle School. 
  • Twelve elementary schools have been recognized as Missouri Schools of Character including:  Babler, Blevins Bowles, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Kehrs Mill, Geggie, Kellison, Pond, Uthoff Valley, Westridge and Woerther.
  • Fourteen Rockwood earned 20 Promising Practices Awards from the Character Education Partnership in 2013.
  • 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.

 

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