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Character Education at Elk Grove Unified

October is Character Education Month!  Throughout Elk Grove Unified, students and staff are participating in numerous character education activities and events.

“The importance of having a strong character education program is demonstrated at all elementary schools in Elk Grove Unified,” said Linda Meyerson, director of elementary education.  “Character education helps teach students to understand, appreciate and internalize positive character traits.  Our schools have done an excellent job at creating innovative programs to bring character education to their students.”

Photo: A Junior Achievement volunteer passes out a worksheet to a student at Kirchgater.

Photo: A Junior Achievement volunteer passes out a worksheet to a student at Kirchgater

Although October is recognized as Character Education Month, many schools participate in character education activities year-round.  Monthly character education trait assemblies are popular throughout the district.  Each month, students are recognized at these assemblies for exhibiting the highlighted character trait of the month.  Having lunch with the principal for displaying the character trait of the month is also gaining popularity at elementary schools. 

Conflict resolution programs are also appearing at elementary schools in the district.  At Carroll Elementary, students in grades 4-6 are selected by their peers to be trained as peer mediators to bring attention to concerns and ideas of their peers.

Photo: A Junior Achievement volunteer assists a Kirchgater student on a worksheet.

Photo: A Junior Achievement volunteer assists a Kirchgater student on a worksheet.

At Anna Kirchgater, community volunteers are assisting with character education activities.  Volunteers from the Junior Achievement Program visit the school each month to teach students in all grade levels about civic responsibility and citizenship.

Character education programs at Elk Grove Unified are known for their innovation and creativity.  As a result, they have been recognized at both the state and national levels for their excellence.

In 2007, Charles Mack Elementary School was one of 100 schools from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Singapore to receive a Promising Practices award from the Character Education Partnership for their “Think It Through” worksheet and their “Student Character Education” video.  Also in 2007, Mack and Prairie elementary schools were selected as California Schools of Character (CSOC) by the Center for Youth Citizenship. To be selected as a CSOC, schools have to demonstrate an outstanding character education initiative that yields positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance. 

Photo: A Kirchgater student works on a character education worksheet.

Photo: A Kirchgater student works on a character education worksheet.

Prairie continued earning character education awards in 2009. The school was named a CSOC again, advancing to the national level competition as California’s nominee.  Prairie earned an Honorable Mention award in the national competition.  Prairie also earned at 2009 Promising Practices Award for their “Panther Buddies” program, an informational mentoring program for at-risk students. 

Recently, Teresa Cheung – a 4th grade teacher at David Reese Elementary School – has been selected to have an inspirational story she wrote on the Project Wisdom Educator Resource website.  Project Wisdom is a character education resource for educators.  To read her story, click here. 

For more information about character education programs throughout Elk Grove Unified, visit http://www.egusd.net/academics/charactered.cfm.


Spotlight Archives
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October 13, 2010 - EGUSD celebrates International Walk to School Day
September 27, 2010 - College/Career Planning and the EGUSD Student
September 8, 2010 - Culinary Arts Academy comes to COHS
August 17, 2010 - New Cosumnes River Elementary School opens
August 3, 2010 - Breakfast at Elk Grove Unified
July 19, 2010 - Year-round schools kick off new school year at Elk Grove Unified
July 7, 2010 - EGUSD Launches Virtual Academy
June 10, 2010 - Technology + education = fun at David Reese Elementary School
May 21, 2010 - PGHS senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 7, 2010 - EGUSD’s 2010 Employees of the Year
April 14, 2010 - Schools use creativity to motivate students for STAR testing
March 15, 2010 - Winners selected for 5th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
Feb. 26, 2010 - Students learn “Healthy Habits” at Jessie Baker School
Feb. 16, 2010 - Community board meetings back for a fourth year
Jan. 8, 2010 - EGUSD offers Open Enrollment at 14 secondary schools

Dec. 18, 2009 - Winners of the 2009/2010 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
Dec. 8, 2009 - EGUSD students find “Writing Partners” at Sac State
Oct. 29, 2009 - EGUSD elementary school students team up to help Salvation Army through Socktoberfest
Oct. 19, 2009 - Character Education at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 7, 2009 - EGUSD celebrates Walk to School Day
Sept. 8, 2009 - The Work of Academic Excellence
Aug. 18, 2009 - All EGUSD Schools are back in session!
Aug. 11, 2009 - EGUSD and the Ford Motor Company train Californian teachers to bring 21st century workforce skills to the classroom
July 21, 2009 - Year-round elementary schools kick off 2009-2010 school year
June 12, 2009 - Time Capsule Sealing Ceremony concludes 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 4, 2009 - Sheldon High School senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 19, 2009 - Elk Grove Unified School District Becomes National Ford PAS Resource Hub
April 28, 2009 - Amazing talent can come in small packages
April 14, 2009 - Young science scholars and inventors shine at EGUSD Science and Invention Fair
March 25, 2009 - Winners selected for 4th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 12, 2009 - No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign
Feb. 17, 2009 - Harvest of the Month program teaches elementary students about the wonders of fruits and vegetables
Feb. 5, 2009 - Community board meetings return for a third year
Jan. 23, 2009 - EGUSD students see history through a veteran’s eyes
Jan. 13, 2009 - A, B, C in A-G – Chart Your Course to College

Dec. 18, 2008 - Winners honored for EGUSD/U.S. Attorney’s Office Internet Safety Video Contest
Dec. 01, 2008 - Winners of the 2008/2009 No Excuses – Go to School
Nov. 17, 2008 - Bright Lights, Big Talent
Oct. 24, 2008 - Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles visit Florin High School
Oct. 9, 2008 - EGUSD Walks to School
Oct. 2, 2008 - EGUSD’s Science Initiative
Sept. 19, 2008 - Stephanie Lopez-Cox returns to Elk Grove a “Golden Girl”
Sept. 10, 2008 - Valley High School Students Get a Start on College
Aug. 25, 2008 - Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School and Cosumnes Oaks High School Open
Aug. 14, 2008 - Incoming 7th graders take a “Jump Start” into their school year
Aug. 4, 2008 - EGUSD’s Math Initiative
July 14, 2008 - Parents and students grow and learn together at Partners Preschool
June 16, 2008 - EGUSD Goes Gold – Celebrating 50 Years of Educational Excellence
June 6, 2008 - Kaiser Permanente Rewards EGUSD Elementary students with perfect attendance with the gift of a two-wheel ride
May 30, 2008 - Sheldon High School Student Matthew King wins Elk Grove Auto Mall 2007/2008 Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 20, 2008 - Harriet Eddy Middle School student wins pair of round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines
May 21, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified and the Elk Grove Education Association Celebrate the Day of the Teacher
May 6, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified School District’s 2008 Employees of the Year
April 28, 2008 - Sacramento County Educators Host Budget Forum at State Capital
April 16, 2008 - EGUSD Launches New Attendance Campaign Videos
April 4, 2008 - Winners selected for 3rd Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 26, 2008 - Megaconference Jr. 2008 - Arthur C. Butler Students Take Their Voices to the World
March 17, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Joins Call to Fix Governor’s Proposed Budget
March 4, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Hosts Sacramento County Superintendents’ Press Conference on State Budget Cuts
Feb. 19, 2008 - 4th Annual High School Conference helps train the leaders of the future
Jan. 16, 2008 - Laguna Creek High School hosts ConnectEd Policy Site Visit
Jan. 02, 2008 - Senior Attendance Drive returns for second year

Dec. 12, 2007 - John Ehrhardt Elementary students combine academics and community service
Dec. 03, 2007 - EGUSD’s Commitment to Service Learning Honored
Nov. 15, 2007 - Winners announced for No Excuses – Go to School Rhyme & Poster Contests
Nov. 13, 2007 - Veterans Day celebrated at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 23, 2007 - Time of Remembrance Project and Website
Oct. 15, 2007 - Markofer Elementary offers “Donuts for Dads/Muffins for Moms"
Oct. 3, 2007 - EGUSD elementary schools participate in Walk to School Day
Sept. 18, 2007 - Options abound on new College and Career website

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