Bayless Junior High School
St. Louis, Missouri
2015 National School of Character

Character Education is not a program at Bayless Junior High (BJH). It is what we do. The BJH character education journey began in 2005 under the leadership of now Superintendent of Schools Ron Tucker. It was under his guidance that the building instituted several of the mainstays still in place at BJH, including the building touchstone, the “Bayless Way” core values of Respect and Responsibility (now expanded to include Kindness), and looping advisories to create a family atmosphere for students and staff. Current Principal Doug Harness and Assistant Principal Bob Efken were staff members of Bayless Junior High when the school received State and National School of Character recognition. They have continued the promotion and advancement of character education in the school by revamping the school Advisory program to focus on character words of the month and family class meetings, increasing opportunities for students to participate in service learning projects, and promoting tolerance and acceptance with weekly bullying lessons. Bayless boasts the distinction of being one of the most diverse school districts in the state of Missouri, representing nearly 20 countries of origin. BJH provides a loving atmosphere in the lives of students whose families have often been shattered by war or distance. Historically, as our immigrant students pursue the “American Dream,” we feel our dedicated focus on character education gives them a strong basis for moral, academic, and career success.

Lesson Plan
Cultivating Gratitude

Doug Harness
Building Principal
4530 Weber Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63123