The character education program at Queensbury Elementary School aligns with the school motto, which says, “Work hard, do your best, achieve your dreams at QES.” The program focuses on four major character traits throughout the school year:
Using a school-wide behavior matrix to teach about respect, caring, cooperation and responsibility ensures that all staff clearly and consistently communicate these behavior expectations to students.
- Four character education superheroes help introduce these concepts to students: (pictured at right, from top) Captain Caring, Ranger Respect, Cooperation Crusader and Responsibility Rockstar.
- Instruction about the four character traits is embedded in daily routines and curriculum through morning meetings, read alouds, conflict mediation, lessons, etc.
- QES counselors assist students in developing their character through individual meetings and/or small group sessions on topics such as making friends and managing conflict.