The goal of Odyssey’s Character Education Program is to help students develop good character so they can become responsible, productive citizens of our community. We have created separate programs for Elementary and Middle School to address their specific needs. However, both programs focus on the same six vital character traits: Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Fairness, and Citizenship. All of our students and faculty participate in the program.
Odyssey’s character education program for grades K-5 is called Tiger Pride. Each month in the elementary classrooms, teachers integrate the monthly character trait into their lessons. During the month, students might be asked to share how they have exhibited good character by giving examples of something they did, both in or out of school. Students or staff members who are “caught” using good character at school may also be recognized.
In middle school, character education instruction is delivered through our PAWS program. PAWS stands for Promoting Accountability With Students. Students meet weekly in small single-gender groups that are facilitated by one or more staff members. Some groups may have mixed grades, but most are single grade groups.
PAWS meetings provide a platform for positive interaction between students, promote a positive connection between students and staff members, and provide another link for home/school communication. Through these meetings, our objective is to help students develop self-awareness and self-worth, learn how to solve problems in their every-day lives, and cope with and accept responsibility for academic concerns.