At FCDS, we believe we have an important role in shaping our students’ academic success as well as their strength of character. In order to have that impact, we must instill ethical values through an integrated curriculum, modeling, and intellectual discussion.
Our FCDS Character Program places emphasis on problem solving and social and emotional skill development. Our intention is to integrate valuable core values into the total school environment. As a school, we are focusing on five core values that we believe are personal qualities that build a foundation for success in life and work. These core values are embedded throughout the curriculum as a daily focus for both students and faculty.
Compassion – We try to understand others’ experiences and emotions with a desire to help.
Curiosity – We continuously ask questions with a strong desire to learn and know more.
Integrity – We do what is right even if it is difficult and no one is looking.
Respect – We value others and treat them accordingly.
Responsibility – We act honorably and hold ourselves accountable for our words and actions.
Our character program is tailored to each division so that the curriculum is age and developmentally appropriate. However, among all divisions, we are building on these character traits through intentional and direct instruction in the classrooms, school-wide activities, assemblies featuring leaders within our community, an active partnership with parents, opportunities for our school community to participate in serving learning opportunities, intentional and informed staff development opportunities, our wall of Character Trees, and cross-divisional Buddy Days.
Buddy Days allow our eighth through twelfth graders to mentor our 4-year-olds through seventh graders. It is a valuable time to be together as a school community that everyone enjoys. We are cheering each other on through this Character Program and our “Character Trees” have been a way to showcase our students and faculty’s acts of character on and off campus as leaves are placed on our school tree mural anytime someone is seen doing an act of character on or off campus.
As a school community, we are pursuing compassion, curiosity, integrity, respect, and responsibility because we believe character and academic excellence are the backbones of our school. We know that when our students leave our campus, they are going to make an impact that is lasting within our community and the world.