Three elementary schools have earned state-wide recognition for their character education programs. Clear Lake City Elementary, Mossman Elementary, and Ward Elementary were each named a Texas School of Character by Character.org, a national advocate and leader in character education and the Texas Elementary Principals Association (TEPSA). The organizations recognized these schools for improving academics, student behavior, and the culture on campus through purposeful character education.
Under the leadership of Principal Jepsey Kimble, Principal Debbie Johnson and Principal Sara Konesheck, each campus is committed to being pioneers in character education through their focus on developing core value traits into the everyday lives of each student and staff member.
“Mossman Elementary began our character journey in 2009 when the doors opened for the first time,” said Principal Debbie Johnson. “Being a part of the state’s only K-12 Education Village, our leaders wanted character education to be our foundation. Mossman has always had an intense focus on the District’s core values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Following the foundation of the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education, we work with our students and parents to make our school, home and community a great place to be.”
Since its inception, Character.org has awarded more than 500 schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Criteria for the designation are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.
“Utilizing components of character education is a large part of our student and staff’s daily routines,” said Principal Konesheck at Ward Elementary. “We are grateful for Character.org and TEPSA for its efforts to create a state and national discussion on the importance of character in education. We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools to participate in this program in order to enhance student’s lives statewide.”
Strong character is just as an important as a strong report card in Clear Creek ISD. To this extent, the school district has created curriculum, service-learning projects, and clubs and activities to ensure students have every opportunity to positively impact their world.
These three schools will now be considered for the national designation. North Pointe Elementary and Robinson Elementary are two CCISD schools that have already earned that highest distinction for character education.
Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.