ShowMe Character Program at Newton School
ShowMe Character Education Program. Through a $1.9 million grant awarded to Baldwin County Public Schools, Newton School began implementation in the fall of 2005 of the ShowMe Character Education Program designed to develop and strengthen positive character traits. The federally funded experimental research project is under the auspices of the No Child Left Behind Act and is aimed at promoting positive social and character development and behaviors in children, reducing antisocial behaviors, and improving academic achievement.
Through feedback from over 300 surveys of students, teachers, parents, and community members, Newton School has identified in order of importance our top ten character traits. They are honesty, responsibility, respect for others, self control, kindness, self-respect, compassion, cooperation, loyalty, and fairness.
Posters, wall displays, and bulletin boards throughout the building consistently emphasize good character traits. Teachers have worked together with other teachers to develop lesson plans to teach good character development through the stories in literature, science, social studies, and all curriculum areas. Recognition programs focus on good character building. Students in 6th grade SGG have organized into character clubs and a Student Success Team has been organized to assist younger students with reading skills - these opportunities give our students the opportunity to develop leadership and the chance to influence what happens at school. Service to and caring for others is seen through service projects adopted by some. A food drive for Ecumenical Ministries was conducted through contest in connection with the Alabama / Auburn Week. Teachers have been provided outstanding professional development and excellent resources to assist in their planning.
Parents, community members, and organizations are asked to join in this effort to help develop character traits in our community's young people. For the greatest success, it is important for everyone to talk about good character traits and how to make good decisions.
A Newton School student was selected as the winner of the Baldwin County Public Schools' ShowMe Character logo contest. Her artwork has become the hallmark of our county's character program.