Kennesaw Mountain High School’s Program
Mission: To provide ethical role
models for future Mustangs.
lessons are taught in the 9th, 10th, and
11th grades. Seniors
have the choice to form a partnership with another senior and
teach character to the ninth graders, the local middle school,
and two elementary schools.
Game Plan for 2012-2013
Elementary: KMHS Senior
mentors have been asked to teach every grade level at Hayes and
several classes at Bullard
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders: KMHS
Senior mentors will mentor on site at Pine Mountain Middle
School during our scheduled Character Education time.
Will be taught by
Senior Class mentors
Will be taught from lessons designed by the Character education
If not mentoring, the
seniors will concentrate on lessons to prepare them for
independence. Lessons are personal finances, college/post
secondary choices, safe driving tips, and AIDS.
following are the
Dates for 2012-13 School Year. Lessons for this year will be
Due to state testing we
have combined integrity and accomplishment lessons for the
month of April and will have no formal meeting in May.
We would be
honored if you would continue to assist our young adults in
growing into ethical leaders.
2012-13 Character Ed Community Partner Update Form
Mentor Application Form
DUE: August 24, 2012 to Mrs. Pike, Room 201
678-594-8190 at extension 297 to confirm your participation or
for more information.
Lessons for 2012-13
“The function of
education is to teach one to think intensively and to think
critically… intelligence plus character – that is the goal of
Students need to develop positive character attributes and
appropriate behaviors in order to achieve high standards in
school and be good citizens as adults. In recent years, however,
many schools have moved away from programs that deal with
behavioral issues and character education to avoid divisive
community debates about whether schools should be teaching
anything beyond the three Rs.
Kennesaw Mountain High believes that the development of a
child's character and appropriate behavior is first and foremost
the responsibility of the family, but schools and business
partners can play a strong supporting role in reinforcing the
efforts of parents. Our motto –“it takes a village to raise a
child” African Proverb has proven that parents, business
leaders, and teachers working together has produced strong
ethical leaders for our community. Successful schools -
those with the highest levels of student achievement - do not
sidestep the issue of character education. They embrace it. In
fact, these schools acknowledge that their success is due in
large measure to their attention to guiding principles, through
which they have been able to create the supportive learning
environment that is absolutely essential for students to achieve
Kennesaw Mountain High Students have become academic and ethical
role models in the community.
Character-Centered Teaching is Kennesaw Mountain’s approach to
developing a comprehensive character, service learning education
program in our community. Our program provides a framework for
integrating guiding principles into the curriculum and the
fabric of school life. Our program is based on the idea that
developing character in students begins with the teacher
modeling positive character attributes and actively coaching
students to learn and practice the guiding principles which form
the basis of sound character. Character-Centered Teaching also
rests on the knowledge that there is a clear relationship
between sound character and academic achievement. Research has
proven that there is a relationship between academic success and
Our approach of Character-Centered Teaching acknowledges that
parents, teachers and our business leaders are an important
source of social influence for students. Social influence is
based primarily on the style of interacting that occurs every
day, both in and out of the classroom.
Our business partners build important relationships with our
students reinforcing the teachers and parents’ academic and
A character-centered approach to teaching is a systematic method
for providing academic instruction through a teaching style that
emphasizes positive character attributes. In the monthly
classroom instruction, using specific methods and strategies to
integrate guiding principles naturally into instructional
lessons and class activities practices the approach. The goal is
to help students develop positive ethical leadership skills and
achieve high academic standards.
What is a
principle is a positive, general principle that becomes an
important foundation for the conduct of behavior, both
individually and in relationships with others. Guiding
principles are beliefs that most people would agree with because
they are viewed as socially appropriate and inherently valuable,
such as the idea to "be responsible." Guiding principles are
qualities that are naturally viewed as leading to higher level
functioning, creating positive relationships with others, and
promoting a civil society.
Guiding Principles of Exceptional Character
- Regard, value, admire, appreciate. Special esteem or
consideration in which one holds another person or thing. To
show regard for yourself, others, and the world around you.
Truthfulness, sincerity. The act or condition of never
deceiving, stealing, or taking advantage of the trust of
others. To be truthful in all that you do and never deceive,
steal, or take advantage of the trust of others.
- Accountability. To consider oneself answerable for
something. To demonstrate that you consider yourself to be
accountable for your actions and that you follow through on
- Kindness. The desire to help others in distress. To show
kindness and concern for others in distress by offering help
–The capacity to successfully manage high levels of change.
The ability and willingness to change. To put oneself in
harmony with changed circumstances. To be ready and willing
to adjust as necessary to the changes in people and
circumstances that arise in daily life.
- Giving serious consideration to something. To think things
through with proper care before taking action.
- Bravery. The willingness to put one's beliefs into
practice, the capacity to meet danger without giving way to
fear. To face difficulty or danger and express your beliefs
even if you are afraid.
- Eagerness to do something. To take responsible action on
your own, without prompting from others.
- Faithfulness, dependability. The quality of being faithful
to another person in the performance of duty; adhering to a
contract with another person. To show others that you are
dependable when you have a commitment to them.
- Positive beliefs. The inclination to take a hopeful view
or think that all will work out for the best. To strive to
be positive in your beliefs about yourself, others, and the
- Hard work. The quality of trying hard and continuously in
spite of obstacles and difficulties.
- Reliability. Dependable, deserving of trust and