The Pequannock Township Schools and the North Boulevard (NB) School’s mission statement is “Educating Every Student, Every Day in Every Way (E3).” E3 embodies our key character education concepts, the Character Counts Six Pillars. Our journey began in the 1990’s with a “Character Words of the Month” program and New Jersey Bar Association’s Win/Win conflict resolution lessons, to arrive in 2011 with daily celebrations of the Six Pillars. The NB character initiative is highlighted by a developmental approach to conflict resolution (Peace Bridge, Peacemakers, and Heart Club). We are proud and encouraged by CEP’s recognition of our Peacemakers Program as a 2010 Promising Practice. NB students learn and apply these core values through our version of the Bucket Filling Program. Our students now have the opportunity to learn and use the vocabulary of Bucket Filling combined with anti-bullying concepts through frequent CE lessons taught by the related arts staff. The values of caring and empathy extend beyond the boundaries of the school through grade-level service learning projects and our School Ambassadors Club. This service club was recognized as a Promising Practice in 2011. We are confident the three legs of E3 will help our students live the 2011-12 school learning theme, “Our Good Character is Out of this World!”
Sample Practice: Classroom Closeup NJ: Peacemakers
At North Boulevard Elementary School in Pequannock Township New Jersey, Yvette McBain (Morris County Teacher of the Year) has developed a peer mediation program whose theme is “A Bridge to Success,” which includes the 1st through 3rd grade Peacemakers, and The 4th and 5th grade Heart Club peer mediators.
Promising Practice: School Ambassadors Serving the School and Community
Positive school culture is enhanced when students select projects that promote volunteerism and social awareness of the needs that face both the school and community.
Promising Practice: The Peacemaker's Bridge
As part of a comprehensive conflict resolution and peer mediation program, students in North Boulevard School’s first through third grades are encouraged to take their own leadership role as Class Peacemakers.