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Schools Receive State Recognition for Character Education

Release Date: 9/27/2011 12:10:49 PM

Three Carroll County elementary schools are being recognized at the state level for their outstanding character education programs. Ebb Valley and Eldersburg Elementary Schools have been selected to receive “School of the Year” awards from the Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University. Winters Mill High School has received an Honorable Mention as a Maryland State School of Character.
Ebb Valley Elementary School is a Gold Exemplar PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) School. Every adult in the school community helps to teach and reinforce social and behavior skills known as the “Ebb Valley Flight Plan: Respect, Responsibility, Prepared, Safe.” Students are engaged through an annual kickoff and quarterly pep rallies. Lessons related to character education are integrated into the curriculum for each grade level. Last year the school celebrated over 25,000 flight feather tickets earned by students by hosting an Ebb Valley Eagle Ticket fashion show, where teachers showcased fashions made primarily of Eagle tickets the students earned through good behavior. The school also hosts school-wide events such as earthquake relief fundraisers, clothing and food drives, and Green School initiatives.
The character education program at Eldersburg Elementary School promotes a strong sense of community that is recognized by the entire student body. The core values of working cooperatively, maintaining safety, respecting one another, and being responsible and ready at all times are included in the school’s vision and mission. Administration and staff members recognize students and each other for displaying the 3 R’s - Respect, Responsibility and Readiness. Both high and low tech interactive lessons have been developed and a bank of lesson plans is available to all staff members. Eldersburg is committed to Education That Is Multicultural and how they integrate their best practices seamlessly into daily activities.
Winters Mill High School’s character education and “SOAR” values are infused into the culture of the school. Students receive a “Soaring Falcon Card” when they demonstrate a positive behavior, and students and staff are awarded prizes monthly for displaying positive character traits. In addition, every student is recognized annually through a character education assembly for their successful contributions to the school. The character education program has reduced the number of discipline referrals and created a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
The schools will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Thursday, October 6, at Stevenson University.

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