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

Commerce Bank

East Alton Community of Christ

Eastern Independence Rotary Club

First Federal Bank

Grace Christian Church

Graceland University

South Crysler Community of Christ

Stewardship Capital

Ted's Trash Service

Three Trails Animal Hospital

Trinity Church of the Nazarene



Students Recognized for PERSEVERANCE in APRIL

Benton | Hannah Bradford

Blackburn | Ava Duchene





Little Blue | Cliff Scott



Mill Creek

Ott | Journey Morehead



Santa Fe Trail

Spring Branch

William Southern

Sugar Creek


Three Trails

Hanthorn | Lia Perea Inestroza

Sunshine Center

Independence Academy | Bryan Duncan

Bridger | Sebastian Manoza

Bingham | Jordyn Gould


Pioneer Ridge


William Chrisman

Van Horn


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 PERSEVERANCE in APRIL!


Benton Elementary fifth grade students visited community partner Centerpoint Medical Center to experience a variety of career options. Students have a great time on this trip each year! Later this month Centerpoint staff will visit Benton for the annual Bicycle Rodeo. They spend a Saturday helping repair bikes, as well as providing donated bikes and helmets to those who need them.  Staff Honoree: Dave Dribben

Blackburn Elementary Staff Honoree: Michele Caswell

Glendale Elementary students are supporting each other through MAP testing. Kindergarten, first and second grade classes are sending third, fourth and fifth grade classes encouraging notes and other items to help encourage perseverance. Several books being read around Glendale include "The Very Quiet Cricket," "Giraffes can't Dance," "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "Chrysanthemum." The jogging club continues to practice for a 5K race they will run soon. Students are discussing and watching videos on inventors who had to keep trying until they were successful.  Staff Honoree: Laura D’Alexis

Little Blue Elementary has been hard at work preparing for MAP, but also took time to enjoy what we are learning through Field Trips. Fourth grade students travelled to Jefferson City to bring their Missouri History and Government unit to an end. Second grade went to Lego Land, 3rd and 4th grade went to the Zoo, and 5th grade to Science City. It is always great to apply our learning to hands on activities. Fifth Grade students celebrated DARE with a skate party ahead of their DARE graduation in May.  Staff Honoree: Leigh Ann Williams

Ott Elementary students selected the service learning project for April, the Student Lighthouse Team chose to help a foster family organization collect school supplies. The goal is for each grade level to collect at least 150 items! The grade level bringing in the most items will sort and pack items into boxes and take pictures with leaders from the organization, followed by an ice cream sundae celebration!  Staff Honoree: Stacy Marquardt

Santa Fe Trail Elementary students were treated to The NED Show in April!  Ned taught us we should never give up, to encourage others and always do your best! This message fits in perfectly with perseverance, MAP testing and the final push to the end of the school year. Students practiced the NED message by learning how to yo-yo. We held our annual MAP assembly where we awarded medals to proficient and advanced students from last year. MAP testing is going very smoothly for students and staff; everyone is trying their best!  Staff Honoree: Heidi Wadle

William Southern Elementary Staff Honoree: Ally Mead

Sycamore Hills Elementary worked hard to gear up for MAP testing. Staff and Captain Cougar created a fun MAP video, and the MAP assembly was especially motivating to get kids excited and ready to do their best.  Staff Honoree: Amber Miller

Three Trails Elementary students participated in an attendance challenge with a staff member partner to see if they can get above the 90% attendance mark. Our tiger teams are doing great and making sure they get here every day of the challenge! We are gearing up for our "Knock out the MAP" assembly to kick off testing.  Three Trails is excited to partner with Van Horn students who come to our school during the assembly and show our Tigers they believe in them!  Staff Honoree: Heather Buckner

Hanthorn Early Education Center hosted its annual BBQ and Resource Fair. Children and families enjoyed grilled hotdogs with chips and lemonade as they learned about Mid-Continent Library and other helpful resources. ISD Early Education hosted its 1st Annual Track & Field Day with huge success! Early Education staff oversaw many events, including jumping hurdles, distance throw, fun run, ball kick and obstacle course. Families enjoyed pizza while watching and joining in the fun.  Staff Honoree: All Hanthorn Staff

Independence Academy showed lots of perseverance this month; we had our PBIS site visit and scored 97%. Way to go IA!! We continue to SOAR! We rolled out MAP and EOC testing by encouraging students to do their best. Classrooms that were not testing wrote notes and signs to encourage those who were.  Staff Honoree: Mike Smith

Bridger Middle School held a supply drive for the Children's Mercy Butterfly Cart. Many students and staff donated, lending support to families at Children's Mercy Hospital. Bridger's Character Council held its first annual Olympic Games to practice the traits of perseverance, cooperation and sportsmanship. The Character Council will volunteer time at the Greater Kansas City Special Olympics Spring Games. Staff are encouraging students to do their best on the MAP test; students are working hard and demonstrating positive attitudes!  Staff Honoree: All Bridger Staff

Bingham Middle School Staff Honoree: Sandy Hinckley


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.