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Character Education

The Character Education Program is designed to develop and sustain a school environment that allows all students to feel safe, confident and eager to learn. We will accomplish these goals by providing services and opportunities that promote positive characteristics.

We have established a set of school-wide expectations”, which is a key step in building a positive school climate.   The expectations are: Act Responsibly, Be Ready to Learn, Create Respect and Display Self-Control. 

Our monthly virtues include:  Ready to Learn, Self-Control, Citizenship, Empathy, Integrity, Friendship, Responsibility, Tolerance, Civility, and Courage. Respect is our eleventh character trait and it's so important we promote the virtue of respect all year long.

Hoosic Valley Code of Conduct

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School Wide Expectations

to consider how others want  to be treated  and treat  them that way.

How to Create Respect

Talk to others in a kind and respectful tone of voice.
Speak kindly about others.
Do not join in gossip.
Use manners regularly.
Do not interrupt; listen to what other people have to say.
Make safe decisions for yourself and others.
Treat property with respect; take care of your own belongings, as well the belongings of others.

What do respectful learners do?

Listen quietly to the teacher and others
Sit still, body still straight and tall
Keep your hands and feet to yourself
Eyes focused on the speaker
Stay in your seat while the teacher is teaching
Ignore distractions Raise your hand to speak

Virtue of the Month:

September- Ready to Learn

Your body is ready to learn. Your brain is ready to learn. You have the materials needed to do your work.

October: Act Responsibly

To make thoughtful decisions about what you do and say

November: Self Control

To control your thoughts feelings words and actions

December: Empathy

feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling

January - Integrity

Doing the right thing, even when no one is watching

February - Friendship

Be a good listener
Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
Think before you act.
Stand by your friends.

March - Citizenship

Taking care of your responsibilities in your group

April - Tolerance

To accept, respect and appreciate people who are different than you.

May - Civility

polite, reasonable and respectful behavior

June - Courage

Taking action to deal with your difficulties rather than avoid them.

Last updated on October 16, 2017


Click here for a list of Character Ed Events this year.

The Character Education Student Committee has evolved into


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Are you being bullied? Do you think your child is being bullied? If so please talk to Becky Kellerhouse in the High School and Beth McQueeney in the Elementary School. It is important to address bulling issues as they happen and not allow things to escalate. Or email this form to:

Janet Folkman, K-12 Diginity Act Coordinator, jfolkman@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us

Becky Kellerhouse, Jr. Sr High School Diginity Act Coordinator at rkellerhouse@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us


Beth McQueeney, Elementary Diginity Act Coordinator at bmcqueeney@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us


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