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 COOPERATION in FEBRUARY




Fairmount | Eitan Arredondo



Little Blue


Mallinson | Trinette Dell

Mill Creek


Procter | Derrick Brack

Randall | Valencia Nevels-Garcia

Santa Fe Trail

Spring Branch

William Southern

Sugar Creek


Three Trails | Aubrey Bass


Sunshine Center

Independence Academy

Bridger | Jessica Lilly

Bingham | Alexis Nickell


Pioneer Ridge | Brielle Davies


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!



Benton Elementary Staff Honoree:  Stephanie Weathers

Blackburn Elementary had an exciting assembly to kick off "One School One Book," as we all read Indian in the Cupboard. Staff members signed up to read specific chapters and recorded their readings so students could access this at home. We also "colored" Blackburn with kindness by acknowledging kind acts from one another.  Staff Honoree: Tiffani Brown

Fairmount Elementary February activities included a monthly Character Assembly, our first ever Fitness Night with fitness games, light snacks, and raffle prizes. All activities benefit the Spring Let Me Run Season. Fourth grade completed NAEP testing; Fairmount teachers worked together showing a lot of Cooperation during testing!  Staff Honoree: Cynthia Leutzinger

Little Blue Elementary Sharks had an exciting assembly with Sheldon the Shark!  Sheldon recognized Students of Character for the quarter and students with perfect attendance.  Little Blue PTA celebrated Valentine’s Day with a Father Daughter Dance.  Staff Honoree: Jhon Branch

Mallinson Elementary was filled with quotes celebrating kindness during Random Acts of Kindness Week. Students sent notes with compliments on them to their classmates and staff members. Students were recognized at the monthly assembly for displaying the character trait cooperation. Students with perfect attendance for second semester received some well-deserved recognition!

Ott Elementary collected close to 4,000 canned and boxed food items for Salvation Army Crossroads during our Kindness Collection in February. Six grocery carts donated by Sun Fresh were filled and overflowing in Ott's front hallway. First grade won the popcorn/board game incentive by collecting over 900 items!  Donations were boxed by Ott student leaders and ready for pick up by the Salvation Army. Grade level buddy groups met the first two weeks of February to make Valentine cards for Independence Manor Care Center, as we continue our "Year of Service" activities.  Staff Honoree: Devin Erdal

Procter Elementary students were challenged this month to work as a team to complete activities where success could only be found by using cooperative strategies and ideas. Our kindergartners read the book "Swimmey" and used cooperation to make smaller fish into one large fish for a bulletin board project. Their assistance helped to lessen the time it would take for one person to complete. During our Pride Assembly, Students of Character were honored with superhero capes for the day, and character bracelets for displaying cooperation in their classrooms. Students and classes with perfect attendance were honored as well.  Staff Honoree: Sara McDonald

Randall Elementary students participated in “Jump Rope for Heart” – a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Students learned about the heart and heart health in P.E. class. Randall students and staff exceeded the original fundraiser goal amount! Randall PTA hosted the first annual “Daddy Daughter Dance” February 17th. Student Council presented staff members with Valentine's Day appreciation gifts and hosted a family drive-in movie night. In celebration of Black History Month, Randall students attended an assembly where a local storyteller presented a dramatic representation of Frederick Douglass. Students are looking forward to having William Chrisman High School students present the musical "ENUF Bullying" on February 28th.  Staff Honoree: Diane Olson

Santa Fe Elementary third grade created their own economy with small businesses that are able to sell their items. The students worked in groups to create a product, and then market and sell the product to other 3rd graders. They have practiced how to work together in small groups, and as an entire grade. This has been a very fun project!  Staff Honoree: Melanie McLaughlin

Sycamore Elementary held their monthly Character Assembly to recognize our friends who exhibit Cooperation. PTA had a Sweetheart Dance this month and did a recess equipment drive during the dance. Sycamore finished the month with our Annual Art Show and Math Night.  Staff Honoree: Mandee Berg

Three Trails Elementary completed our 2nd Tiger Pride Day in February -- a day full of celebrations and teamwork activities! We recognized our 98, 99, and 100% attendance students, as well as our Students and Staff of Character. Students participated in a Stand Up Challenge, a Tower Building Competition and a Float Your Boat Activity where students had to build a boat strong enough to hold multiple pennies. All three stations incorporated critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. The activities not only provided a great opportunity to work together as a team with their class, but also as a grade level. The students had a great time, as did staff!  Staff Honoree: Kara Welty

Hanthorn Early Education Center hosted their annual “Donuts for Dad” on February 22. Students spent time with dads, uncles, and grandpas while enjoying delicious donuts.  Staff Honoree: Angie Rice

Bridger Middle School teamed up with the American Heart Association to help promote Healthy Heart month. As part of this effort, Bridger staff members donated money to the AHA and will wear Healthy Heart shirts.  Through PE classes, Bridger students are competing in a Hoops for Hearts basketball tournament.  Staff Honoree: Reggie Eakright

Bingham Middle School Staff Honoree: Nicholas Hanzivasilis

Nowlin Middle School 6th grade students participated in the bullying prevention assembly "ENUF Bullying."

Pioneer Ridge Middle School is in the beginning stages of planning an event with Foster to Adopt. We are hoping to join them for a service project providing hands on help organizing their clothing closet and any other service help they need.  Staff Honoree: Morgan Rhodecap and Elaina Baker


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.