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Character Education in Practice

On Thursday, August 31, students from all grades at CRE gathered in the gym for our first school assembly of the year. Donning their school colors, students saw their teachers and CRE staff re-enact common scenes throughout the school day - recess, the lunchroom, a friend dispute, and the classroom - in both negative and positive ways. The purpose of Character Education is to provide students the opportunity to learn and practice positive character traits that will benefit them the rest of their lives.

The Character Bound program provides learning and growth opportunities for students in grades K-6. The program focuses on 3 specific character modules: Kindness, Integrity and Citizenship. Within each module, distinct character traits will be the focus. Teachers will spend 3 weeks discussing, teaching and reinforcing each trait through morning and afternoon circle discussion within the classrooms.

Module 1: Kindness. Traits: Compassion, Respect, Cooperation and Fairness.

Module 2: Integrity. Traits: Self Control, Honesty, Responsibility and Diligence.

Module 3: Citizenship. Traits: Leadership, Courage, Teamwork and Service.

As the character traits are discussed and practiced, students who are "caught" demonstrating these positive traits within the building and at recess/lunch can earn a Paw Card to turn into their teacher. Teachers will document all the Paw Cards earned on a rubric sheet. As students complete the rubric, they can earn Dog Tags showing their mastery of each character skill. There are 15 dog tags that can be earned. Each dog tag is unique in color and lists the specific trait the student has mastered. Dog Tags can be earned throughout the year, not just during the 3-week lesson window.

September 1, 2017 | By mgreene1 | Category: Castle Rock Elementary School

District News

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.