Piney Ridge and Eldersburg Elementary Schools - MD School of Character
Release Date: 3/3/2010 1:28:18 PM
Piney Ridge Elementary School has been selected as a Maryland State School of Character. Eldersburg Elementary School received Honorable Mention. The Maryland State School of Character awards program is sponsored by the Maryland Center for Character Education and the Character Education Partnership. The program recognizes schools or districts that demonstrate outstanding school climate and academic performance.
Piney Ridge Elementary School has begun implementing a school discipline program called B.A.R.K. – “Be a Respectful, Responsible Student.” Students are recognized monthly, quarterly, and annually for reflecting respectful and responsible behaviors in their work and social habits. Students who have not been successful are mentored by staff members to improve their behaviors and receive positive incentives for daily and weekly improved behaviors.
Other character education initiatives support instruction at the school. In the peer tutoring program, fifth grade students volunteer to provide support to classroom teachers during dismissal in the classroom for students to study word cards and math facts, complete homework, or read to groups of students. Students who are inconsistent in their ability to complete homework or need more support come to the media center at dismissal each day for the Homework Club.
The Piney Ridge Student Council supports and provides many service opportunities to the community. Some of this year’s activities include holiday collections, a “Hope for Haiti” fundraising campaign, and a “Quarters for Crohn’s” collection. During the month of April, students will support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by selling colored bracelets at the school store and collecting items for the Hope Lodge, a cancer retreat for families.
Eldersburg Elementary School has developed a comprehensive program that involves the entire school community and teaches students to make good choices. They teach, model, and positively reinforce students for demonstrating the “Three R’s” – respectful, responsible, and ready – to facilitate success in school.
The 3 R’s are embedded in teaching and the instructional process, as well as in relationships and activities that take place both during and after school. The theme is also incorporated throughout the school environment, including special assemblies and a discipline program based on the school’s Code of Conduct. This consistent, community-wide approach promotes those qualities and behaviors among all students, staff, and stakeholders.