The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.
Left to Right: Student performance at one of CGMS' school-wide "ACE" Character assemblies; core values of Respect, Integrity, Commitment, and Compassion throughout the walls of CGMS; The "We" classroom posters with performance values created by and through a series of meetings with CGMS' student character committee.
The school defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing.
Left to Right: Students hearing a motivational message from social studies teacher Darren Reiter about Commitment during the first part of the year; participating in an advisory lesson discussion; 8th grade math tutors who work with peers, 7th, and 6th graders; students participating in our Toys for Tots campaign.
The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.
Left to Right: (Row 1) CGMS' character education goals as part of the School Improvement Plan and district 833 strategic plan; values incorporated into CGMS lunchroom; Morning Meeting advisory circle in Ms. Kilgore's classroom. (Bottom) A brainstorm carousel from a CGMS classroom where the core values were used as an opening activity about classroom rules.
The school creates a caring community.
Left to Right: 8th graders participating in the Courage Retreat through Youth Frontiers; students participate in after school clubs to connect with each other and staff - pictured here is the "Respecting All Humans (RAH)" Club; students signing an anti-bullying pledge on Unity Day.
The school provides students with opportunities for moral action.
Left to Right: School discipline philosophy is restorative and focused on core values; presenters preparing for the Pennies for Patients fundraiser; Turkey sales for Friends in Need Food Shelf.
The school offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed.
Left to Right: AVID program family night; CGMS staff participates in professional development around Dr. Sharroky Hollie's "Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning"; CGMS values the arts as part of a well-rounded culture, 2016 Merit Award winner
The school fosters students’ self-motivation.
Left to Right: Students participating in the all-school Cougar 5K, which stresses the importance of setting personal goals; Students take a character pledge at the start of the school year that is displayed in the commons; staff models motivation by sharing what motivates them in our CGMS "Why Wall."
The school staff is an ethical learning community that shares responsibility for character education and adheres to the same core values that guide the students.
Left to Right: Spring 2017 staff meeting topic "How will our students be different with character education?"; building-wide committees for our character education initiative; staff modeling of core value of Compassion through participating in Unity Day.
The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.
Left to Right: Staff attended the Wisconsin Character Education conference in June 2017; Developing positive character part of school's mission statement; Where Everyone Belongs 8th grade leadership group with their 6th grade charges.
The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.
Left to Right: April 25, 2017 parent workshop on Student Self-Motivation; All Pro Dad's Breakfast; Veterans Day band concert.
The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of its staff as character educators, and the extent to which its students manifest good character.
Left to Right: CGMS staff reviewed data from the Minnesota Student Survey in 2017 to plan for the 2017-2018 school year; 6th grade students participated in "One Minute Interviews" in 2016-2017 to gather information about school connectedness.