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character DEVELOPMENT 

HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

The Hamilton County Tennessee Department of Education has taken the lead in creating an environment where elements of character are modeled and internalized by students, families and the school community.

In 1998, the Hamilton County Schools stepped forward in the vast field of education reform by adopting nine Character Traits, and dedicating itself to the belief that developing the moral character and civic virtue of our youth is an intrinsic activity of the school.

Character Education recognizes that people of good will from all walks of life, of all political stripes, are engaged in the work of developing character. We continue to see there are many paths that lead to the goals of shaping more compassionate and responsible youth and informed citizens, of teaching the whole child. Character Education focuses on helping schools build successful character development initiatives along a variety of paths: civic education, service learning, social and emotional learning, after school enrichment, and safe and drug free programs.


CHARACTER TRAITS ADOPTED BY 
HAMILTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 

SEPTEMBER: RESPECT 
Showing high regard to authority, other people, self, and country. Treating others as you would want to be treated. Understanding that all people have value as human beings.

OCTOBER: RESPONSIBILITY 
Being accountable in word and deed. Having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability and commitment.

NOVEMBER: PERSEVERANCE 
Pursuing worthy objectives with determination and patience while exhibiting fortitude with confronted with failure.

DECEMBER: CARING 
Showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness, compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit.

JANUARY: SELF-DISCIPLINE 
Demonstrating hard work. Controlling your emotions, words, actions, impulses and desires. Giving your best in all situations.

FEBRUARY: CITIZENSHIP 
Being law abiding and involved in service to school, community, and country.

MARCH: HONESTY 
Telling the truth, admitting wrongdoing. Being trustworthy and acting with integrity.

APRIL: COURAGE 
Doing the right thing in the face of difficulty and following your conscience instead of the crowd.

MAY: FAIRNESS 
Practicing justice, equity and equality. Cooperating with one another. Recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual within our diverse society.