Meet Our 2016-17"Fans of Dr. Bob"
1st MidAmerica Credit Union
Arvest Bank - South Noland Road
Blake Roberson State Farm Insurance
CenterPoint Medical Center
East Alton Community of Christ
Eastern Independence Rotary Club
First Federal Bank
Grace Christian Church
South Crysler Community of Christ
Ted's Trash Service
Three Trails Animal Hospital
Trinity Church of the Nazarene
Students Recognized for COMPASSION in DECEMBER
Little Blue | Melana Dominguez
Mallinson | Michael Hayne
Ott | Andrea Rincon
Procter | Brayden Martinez
Randall | Jervin Riddle
Santa Fe Trail
Independence Academy | Bryan Johnson
Bingham | Owen Schultz
Pioneer Ridge | Jennifer Carlson
Traits of the Month
January: RESPECT – to show consideration to self and others
February: COOPERATION – to respectfully play and work with others
March: INITIATIVE – to act and make decisions on your own
April: PERSEVERANCE – to continue trying in spite of difficulties
May: SELF-CONTROL – to express your feelings in an appropriate manner
June: COURAGE – to remain strong when faced with difficulty
July: LOYALTY – to be faithful to a person, a team or an idea
August: AMBITION – to have strong determination to accomplish goals
September: RESPONSIBILITY – to be accountable for your actions
October: INTEGRITY – to do the right thing
November: CITIZENSHIP – to be a productive and responsible resident
December: COMPASSION – to understand the challenges of others and to want to do something about it
Student Honors and School News Appears Monthly!
ISD Schools Celebrate COMPASSION in DECEMBER!
Hanthorn Early Education Center: December Staff Honoree: Elaine Dunn
Little Blue Elementary students and staff did an excellent job raising money for the Holiday Helpers Change Challenge! December Staff Honoree: Deborah Huffman
Mallinson Elementary and Sugar Creek Elementary teamed up to collect money for the Holiday Helpers Change Challenge. Student Council created a spirit week where students wore crazy hats, comfy pajamas and one day everyone wore their clothes backwards! It was so much fun! Students had an opportunity to send candy cane grams (a sweet treat and message) to each other to benefit the Holiday Helpers Change Challenge. Student Council worked as a team to attach candy canes to the more than 700 sweet notes!
Ott Elementary collected items for Great Plains Animal Shelter to show compassion to the homeless cats and dogs of Independence. As a way for us to support the animal shelter and have some fun, we are having a festive spirit week! Students donate food or small amounts of change daily celebrate their donations and caring hearts through festive wear.
- Monday, Dec. 12th: Green Day - Wear all of your green stuff! The more the merrier!!
- Tuesday, Dec. 13th: Christmas Pajamas - wear your cozy, wintery pajamas!
- Wednesday, Dec. 14th: Christmas Accessories - Wear ALL the jingle jewelry, socks, hats, headbands, bracelets, ties etc. you can find!
- Thursday, Dec. 15th: Ugly Sweater Day - Wear the wackiest winter sweater you have.
- Friday, Dec. 16th: Red Day - Wear as much red stuff as you can!
Another way students are learning about compassion is by making cat and dog toys for animals at the Great Plains Animal Shelter. Students will meet with buddy classrooms to learn about compassion and complete the animal shelter project. As of December 21, 689 items were collected for the Great Plains Animal Shelter. December Staff Honoree: Gina McCaulley
Procter Elementary Superheroes demonstrated compassion with their "super hearts" by giving so much to the Holiday Helpers Change Challenge it exceeded the combined total from previous years. During classroom lessons, students led some pretty interesting conversations about what compassion "looks and sounds" like. They even included the compassionate acts of Milli, our therapy dog and made her holiday stars along with birthday cards. Students made Christmas cards for community agencies with their signature helping hands. Additionally, our Kindness Tree in the front lobby is taking on a life of its own with the many acts of kindness displayed by our students each and every day. December Staff Honoree: Terri Brewer
Randall Elementary: December Staff Honoree: Stephanie Moergen
Santa Fe Trail Elementary showed compassion in December with students and staff donating to Holiday Helpers Change Challenge. SFT set a new record by collecting over $800! In classroom lessons students are discussing what compassion looks like and how we can do even small things to help others. Students listened to the book "How Full Is Your Bucket" or "Zen Ties" and then watched the video "Kindness Boomerang." After discussion, students created drops for a classmate. These drops are displayed in the hall by the counselor's office. It is heartwarming to see all the wonderful things we have to say about each other! December Staff Honoree: Lanny Coil
Sycamore Hills Elementary students had a short, but busy month. December events included a food drive, Holiday Helpers Change Challenge and a pet drive for Great Plains SPCA. Great Plains is a community partner with Sycamore and students were able to help with pet toys, food, treats and donations. December Staff Honoree: Sharon Redding
Independence Academy had a food drive in the month of December for Salvation Army. During Spirit Week students participated by providing a food donation or an act of kindness. IA collected hats, scarves, and gloves for all students in need. Donated items were distributed at our Holiday Happenings, where we invited students and their families, staff members and community partners. We served chili and rolls, did crafts and took family pictures. All children who attended were provided with hats, scarves, and/or gloves. December Staff Honoree: Katie Davis
Bingham Middle School: December Staff Honoree: Tiffany White
Pioneer Ridge Middle School Character Council volunteered to wrap gifts at Barnes and Noble; all donations received will be donated to a local charity. Character Council is excited about giving back to the community. The Pioneer Kindness Club was busy "lighting our halls” with kindness messages! Students wrote messages about acts of kindness on paper Christmas lights. December Staff Honoree: Vicki Sisel
What is CHARACTERplus?
CHARACTERplus is a program adopted by the Independence School District in 2008. The purpose of CHARACTERplus is to emphasize positive character traits in all areas of a student's life.
In 2008, parents, community members, teachers and counselors gathered together to determine "traits of the month" that they believe reinforce the positive character traits already being taught in many homes.
The traits are blended into the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and are displayed throughout the community. The Independence School District believes that modeling character traits may be the most effective way of passing them on to students. Studies in schools with similar programs have noted significant positive changes in office referrals, parent relations and school leadership.
The Many Ways Character is Developed
Character is developed every day through our interactions and choices. Schools within the Independence School District use a wide variety of activities, recognitions, and partnerships as part of comprehensive efforts to support POSITIVE CHARACTER, STUDENT LEADERSHIP, and SERVICE LEARNING. Two of our schools chose to pursue formal recognition for their character development efforts.
Congratulations to Christian Ott Elementary and William Chrisman High School!
Both hold National School of Character and Missouri School of Character designation!
How Can I Support CHARACTERplus?
It is easy to sign up as a supporter of CHARACTERplus. You will receive monthly trait signs that you can print out and put in your home or business, get updates on CHARACTERplus in the schools and in the community, and get a copy of the Student of Character logo to print out on your stationery or business correspondence, or set as your screen saver. In addition, parents should feel free to contact their school to see how they can help support CHARACTERplus. If you are a business or organization wanting to display a banner or sponsor a school as a Fan of Dr. Bob, contact the Elementary Education Office (816-521-5300 x10008).
Business, Faith, and Civic Organizations
YOU can Become a Fan of Dr. Bob
Are you a community member, business leader, or an organization that wants to help create a Community of Character? It's easy! You can donate your time, services or dollars to support CHARACTERplus in our schools. CHARACTERplus teaches students of all ages how to be good community members by promoting character in all facets of life!
Community Member of Character Award
Do you know someone in the community who deserves to win the Dr. Bob Community Member of Character Award?
The nominee must live or work in Independence but cannot work for the school district.
You can nominate a community member by contacting the Elementary Education office (816) 521-5300 x10008.