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

respect all year

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

How to Create Respect

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

What do respectful learners do?

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

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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

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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

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June - Courage

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

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,

Becky Kellerhouse, Jr. Sr High School Diginity Act Coordinator at


Beth McQueeney, Elementary Diginity Act Coordinator at

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