Challenger Intermediate School (Goddard, KS). Each month we concentrate on a different core character trait. Our teachers work with students on the identified trait throughout the month. Our counselor generates content and lessons, and staff regularly teach the content. At the end of the year, we celebrate our students’ success with character trait awards. All awards are peer nominated and presented at our year-end assemblies. Challenger students are engaged in managing their classrooms, actively working with teachers to create a social contract and a decision-making framework. The social contract is reviewed daily. There is a focus on a social contract word of the week, which is highlighted in our morning announcements, video announcements, and in each classroom. The consistency and visibility of the words and contracts are important in holding one another accountable. To reinforce this, each person who is a part of the classroom signs the social contract.
The staff set high expectations of themselves and all students. On almost a daily basis, we use the CHAMPs (Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, and Success) model to review these expectations. This model is used throughout the building, which helps everyone know what is expected in classrooms, the school, and beyond. During PLC time, our counselor and administrator facilitate personal development discussions or host social time in the gym.