Character and Respect Education (c.a.r.e.)
Character development, leadership training, and positive discipline all contribute to Summit’s culture of success. The C.A.R.E. program equips students to be outstanding young people and reduces behaviors that interfere with learning. The Character and Respect Program is a schoolwide program centered around Summit’s Lifelong Guidelines:
- Be An Active Listener
- Do Your Personal Best
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
Each month we focus on one C.A.R.E. Character Trait and reinforce it schoolwide. The traits are: self-control, citizenship, cooperation, empathy, adaptability, kindness, perseverance, and integrity.
Our Positive Discipline Program sets up and reinforces clear behavioral expectations, and recognizes, rewards and celebrates positive behavior. When students do not meet these expectations, a continuum of interventions and consequences is used to address problem behavior.
Teachers and staff actively look for students’ who are demonstrating positive behaviors, issuing C.A.R.E. tickets to students. C.A.R.E. tickets have two parts; one for students’ to happily share with parents, and a second part that is placed in a large container at school. Each week names are pulled from the C.A.R.E. bin, at a school-wide assembly, to publicly recognize students’ positive behaviors. Students then chose a special school privilege: lunch, a game or a story with a teacher or Head of School, their name on the marquee, wearing a hat in class, lunch at a picnic bench with friends.
The C.A.R.E. program is one of the many factors that help create a happy school environment in which students’ want to actively participate, share ideas, excel and grow to their fullest potential!