Thursday, September 4, 2008

Honor is Everywhere

Many of you may have noticed the additions to the hallways in the middle school. Running across the beams of each grade level quad are the three main ideas of our Honor Code: Selfless Servants, Moral Courage, and Commitment.

We want our students to see these phrases (all three can be seen at once when one stands in the center of the quads) and to take it as a challenge, a challenge to live up to and exceed the expectations of the Honor Code each and every day.

As a school we have begun a running conversation about what these three phrases mean to us - as a community, as constutuencies, and as individuals. A helpful document in this is the Character Chart, which begins the discussion by assigning particular characteristics to the ideas of Selfless Servants, Moral Courage, and Commitment. Within those characteristics, the chart provides examples of how a student can exceed expectations. Furthermore, the student can see how their character acts will be rewarded under the Black & Gold point system. You can find that document under Character Chart in the Useful Dean Links section on the left side of this blog.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the new Honor Code, the phrases posted throughout the school, or the evolving definitions of the ideas that make up the Honor Code.

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