Cold Water Elementary School
2015 National School of Character
When you walk into Cold Water Elementary School, the first thing you will see is a paw print painted on the wall and the words: Cold Water Elementary School-Where Character Counts. That was the first thing I had painted when I became the principal in 2009, because it had to our focus to move our school forward academically and with our climate/culture. As an outsider coming in, I observed a lot of behaviors and decisions that were teacher-centered and not student-centered. Though the staff was trained to be a Caring School Community in 2002, they stopped it completely in 2006, when our district received the Safe School Healthy Kid grant. Through this grant, the focus had to be PBIS and character education was no longer “allowed.” When we started integrating character and PBIS, our biggest challenge was moving from the extrinsic to the intrinsic rewards. However, through our journey, we created rewards to recognize classes as a team as opposed to individual rewards. Three years ago, we included character education in our accountability plan and sent 4 teachers to character certification training. We knew this training would help us create a common vision of character in our school. At the end of this year, we will have 26 staff members and a parent certified. We also stopped doing student council with our students and now have our 4th and 5th grade students on different character committees which gives everyone an opportunity to be a leader.
Fairness – Injustice
1105 Wiethaupt Road
Florissant, Missouri 63031