Southwood Elementary School
Old Bridge, New Jersey
2015 National School of Character

Southwood Elementary SchoollHenry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” This quote captures the essence of our school’s character education journey. Stakeholders have a vested interest in the nurturing & development of our youth. Our journey began in 2009 when our district initiated a Professional Development Committee, which had the responsibility to oversee the development of school-wide Professional Development Plans. It was identified by our team that “additional training needs include the delivery of curriculum related to character education.” What began as a compartmentalized initiative has evolved into the saturation of character education in every aspect of school life. Based upon the Six Pillars of Character (SPC), our curriculum instills character as illustrated within’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. One of 12 elementary schools in a diverse suburban district, Southwood is a true “neighborhood” school. We rely on both data & observations to continually assess our programs & climate. Students & staff members learn and practice Trustworthiness, Caring, Citizenship, Fairness, Respect and Responsibility, with an emphasis placed on continuing this learning in our community.  We have a strong school/family/community partnership that ensures the consistency necessary for lifelong character development. We have a responsibility to mentor our children academically & to nurture them into becoming caring, responsible & contributing members of the local & global communities.

Lesson Plan
Molly’s Pilgrim and The Pillar of Respect

Kerryann Silvestri
School Counselor
64 Southwood Drive
Old Bridge, New Jersey 8857