At Taylor Road, we believe that a safe, caring and respectful school environment allows each child to achieve academically and socially. To contribute to the kinds of positive values, experiences, and characteristics that young people deserve and need to succeed, our character education program includes:
1. School-wide S.P.I.N. Procedures
S.P.I.N. procedures provide common language and expectations for student behavior at school (specifically in the cafeteria, hallways, playground, restrooms, indoor recess and on field trips). These procedures are modeled and practiced all year long.
2. Monthly Terrific Tornado Traits
These traits were selected by our entire staff and match with
Social Studies standards at each grade level. Our hallways are
streets named after them (ex: Trustworthy Trail and Pride Place)
and "Terrific Tornado Traits" signs are posted in every classroom.
We focus on the trait-of-the-month with weekly announcements
and bi-weekly guidance lessons.
3. Student-of-the-Month Recognition Program
At the end of each month, teachers select a STUDENT-OF-THE-MONTH from their classrooms. This student has his or her picture displayed in a showcase and is recognized in the school's newsletter. Students receive a certificate during a PTO meeting and have a breakfast with the principal.
4. Character Council
In the fourth grade, students have an opportunity to run for Character Council by giving a speech to their homerooms about the character traits they possess and would use to help our school. The twelve students elected serve at Taylor Road by completing a number of service projects (such as the soap products collection and food drives for Reynoldsburg Helping Hands), saying the pledge during the morning announcements, running the school store, reading to kindergarten students and serving as role models for the student body. This year they sponsored a holiday raffle which earned over $1,100.00 for Reynoldsburg Helping Hands Holiday Program.
5. School-wide Community Service Projects
Some of the causes students and staff have worked for this year include: Pennies for Patients (every other year), Breast Cancer Awareness, Holiday Helping, Food Drives and our Soap Products Drive for "Wash Out Drugs Day" during Red Ribbon Week.
6. School-wide Tag Program
Students often receive special tags to remind them of the Terrific Tornado Traits during guidance lessons. In addition, they can earn "Taylor Road Gold" tags when they "get caught" for good behavior and other tags for academic achievements, good sportsmanship, kindness and Accelerated Reader points. The PTO purchases these tags and students collect them or necklaces or on chains on their books bags.
Each morning students are greeted by name by staff members throughout the building as they make their way to classes. We want each and every student at our school to feel important and valued.
8. And more...
All of the components of our school wide character education program help make our students and our school safe, positive and successful.
Assemblies with the group, Primary Focus, have been performed. Cast members passed out cards and sang songs about character.
Red Ribbon Week included dress up days, guidance lessons and a "Red Ribbon Run" in gym class to encourage students to stay drug free and make healthy choices.
Students are encouraged to put "drops in other's buckets" as a way to offer kind words and gratitude. This program is based on the book, How Full is Your Bucket by Raft & Clifton. A student group of Bucket Singers sings on the morning announcements when "drops" are given to staff members or students.