Meet Our 2017-18 "Fans of Dr. Bob"

1st MidAmerica Credit Union

Blake Roberson State Farm Insurance

Centerpoint Hospital

East Alton Community of Christ

Eastern Independence Rotary Club

First Federal Bank

Grace Christian Church

Graceland University

Great Plains SPCA

Metropolitan Com College - Blue River

South Crysler Community of Christ

Stewardship Capital

Ted's Trash Service

Three Trails Animal Hospital

Trinity Church of the Nazarene



Students Recognized for Self Control in May!



Bryant- Lola Moise

Fairmount- Jose Roldan

Glendale- Elijah Walker


Little Blue- Kylee LIndell

Luff - Jaizlyn Ray


Mill Creek


Procter- Lilyana Johnson


Santa Fe Trail-Kailyn Albiar and Brandon Butler 

Spring Branch

William Southern

Sugar Creek


Three Trails - Athena Roberts


Sunshine Center

Independence Academy




Pioneer Ridge

Truman- Sydney Knight

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 Self Control in May!

Bryant Elementary  Staff Honoree: Paula Erdel

Fairmount Elementary Fairmount had our end of the year assembly to hand out of end of the year GRIT awards as well as Student Council's final skit on GRIT and doing the right thing. Fairmount has been working hard to show GRIT and great leadership with MAP testing. We are finishing the year strong with Penny Wars run by our Student Council. We will also be having our end of the year Field day (whole school) and Kickball game (5th against staff) demonstrating leadership, perseverance, GRIT, compassion, empathy and sportsmanship. Staff Honoree: Christina Fatool

Little Blue Elementary This year our Fifth Grade Sharks are the first class to go all the way from Kindergarten to 5th Grade at Little Blue. This month we had a special DARE Graduation and Celebration of these kids. There was a slide show with their baby pictures and their Little Blue lives from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. We look forward to seeing what this special group of kids has in store for the future. As always Little Blue finished the year with a bang, from MAP to Talent Show and the 5th Grade against Staff Kick Ball Game to the 4th Quarter Celebration Assembly. It has been a great year!
Staff Honoree: Kim Holder

Luff ElementaryLuff Leaders energized by working and serving at Drumm Farm. They fed baby goats and planted squash. They also served at Harvesters by putting together food boxes for seniors in our community. Staff Honoree: Melissa Bledsoe

Mallinson Elementary  Mallinson Elementary ended the year with an assembly to recognize the students who had perfect attendance all school year- way to go Cardinals! Students also participated cooperative games on Field Day and had so much fun. Thank you Sugar Creek Fire Department, Police Department, Mallinson PTA and parent volunteers who helped make the day such a wonderful experience for our students!

Ott Elementary  Ott Elementary's Girls on the Run is doing a fundraiser by collecting new socks for students at our school who unfortunately do not get new socks if they grow out of them or if they get a hole in them. GOTR has a goal to raise 100 socks and so far the team has raised over 30 pairs! Way to go GOTR! Students at Ott Elementary are looking forward to all of the end of the year activities quickly approaching. Last week and this week students have been raising money for our annual Walkathon which takes place Wednesday, May 16th! Top sellers will be eligible to win cool prizes such as a tablet, headphone speakers, karate lessons, free bowling, and much more! The money raised will help update our building technology. Teachers and students are hard at work raising money for the fun event ahead! Staff Honoree: Stacy Marquardt

Procter Elementary  Procter participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation - Pennies for Patients fight against blood cancer in students and raised $620.39, which surpassed last year's total of $358.60. Our 4th and 5th grade students shined during Genius Hour where they presented their very own designs and projects along with interesting research and facts to support their ideas. Our end-of-year campfire assembly was so much fun with songs, dance, and of course awards for many of our students including Perfect Attendance, Simba Awards, and Students of Character Awards. Staff Honoree: Melody Morales

Santa Fe Trail Elementary 5th grade students went on a field trip to University of Missouri. This trip encourages future planning, requires leadership and is always one they look forward to! 5th grade students led our volunteer assembly; our way of thanking the amazing people who step up on a regular basis to help us achieve greatness! The last week of May we will hold our Star Student assembly and attendance assembly. Star students will receive a certificate and t-shirt for their hard work and demonstration of a specific character trait. At the attendance assembly one boy and one girl will each win a bike for having perfect attendance! We will also have our Jump Rope for Heart awards ceremony and talent show. Fun Day is always a blast! Lots of activities and classrooms rotate all day to visit the pool for some swim time. StuCo is raising money for a water bottle fountain. Students are bringing in money for their favorite teachers to get pied in the face!  Staff Honoree: Craig Browning

Sugar Creek Elementary In May we played cooperative games during an awesome field day. We recognized students who are demonstrating: Personal Best, Active Listening, Trustworthiness, Truthfulness, No Put Downs. We also recognized students who had great attendance. We are excited for our Van Horn Legacy Walk!

Sycamore Hills Elementary May was such a busy month. MAP prep and testing went great! Thank you to STUCO for writing the encouraging messages in sidewalk chalk as the kids came in to test. May, as always, ended with so much fun. PBIS Carnival, End of the Year Assembly, Legacy Walk, School Carnival, and much much more.  Staff Honoree: Sondra Roberts, Amanda Taylor, Danielle Felkins, Kelly Smith 

Three Trails Elementary   Staff Honoree: Andrea Docheff

Bridger Middle School  Staff Honoree: Angy Hill

Truman High School Staff Honoree: Ciarra Schlutow



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!