At Velma E. Baker School we firmly believe in the importance of having a balance between academic education and character development. This has all of us considering the whole child and would have us supporting students to reach their academic potential, personal excellence, and true citizenship. We encourage our students to be self-motivated risk takers. Our students will be encouraged to set goals, persevere, ‘bounce back’ after setbacks, solve problems, get along with others, and participate in leadership opportunities. We want our students to be actively and positively engaged in their school community.
Our Character Education initiative has been implemented with a foundation based on rights and responsibilities, theGolden Rule and Leadership. We are on a journey of exploration as we develop a program of student leadership and self-empowerment, based on Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Character education helps to create a safe and peaceful environment for everyone and creates a community of caring learners who can support each other in growing to become responsible, respectful, and compassionate individuals who are tolerant of differences.
Over the past few years, we have been working on bringing together the character traits of respect, responsibility, compassion, empathy and perseverance that were a focus in previous years. As a school we will continue to focus on The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. This work will continue to provide a framework for what we have done in previous years in goal setting initiatives. These skills support children to become independent school citizens who work well with others. The 7 Habits are foundational for preparing our 21st Century learners for their future educational adventures. We will keep you informed regarding our Character Education journey. This work will be a team effort. We look forward to including our families in activities they can try at home. This partnership will support your child(ren)’s work at school, as they Grow Into Greatness. Leaders are created here … one child at a time.