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  1. page Quarton Principle 11 edited {Graph Principle 11: The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of…
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    Principle 11: The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of its staff as character educators, and the extent to which its students manifest good character.
    The mission
    of Quarton Climate Survey.pdf} {QuartonElementary is to Ensure Learning for All. Staff, students and the parent community reflect on our charge
    and strive to improve on their implementation of our school-wide mission. One way Quarton Elementary School reflected on the
    mission was to create a survey for our staff and students to reflect on the implementation of the 11 Principles of Character
    Education. The survey was created with a rubric ranging from 1-5. The 2011 survey results reflected strength at Quarton in
    Principles 4-8. Our average score for these Principles was 2.65. Quarton found areas to improve in Principle 10. One strand in
    particular which scored a 1.6, was “parents understand and support character education.” As a result of these low scores,
    Quarton’s committee decided to re-energize The Quarton Quote, which is our touchstone of character. Parents, staff, and
    students were included in this process. Classroom activities centered on the meaning of each stanza of The Quarton Quote. In
    the spring, Quarton Elementary conducts student led conferences. The entire student body filled in a reflection rubric on how
    well they thought they followed The Quarton Quote. The survey was modified for lower elementary levels by using smiley,
    straight, and frown faces. The upper grade levels used a 1-5 grading rubric. Each child had an opportunity to go over this survey
    with their parents and teacher. It was an outstanding opportunity to reflect on behavior and actions while also setting personal
    goals. In addition to these activities, students brought home family activities to reinforce and include the families in this process.
    After our year long character education initiative, a follow up survey was given in 2012 to the staff. The results in Principle 10
    show that Quarton had an increase in all strands from the previous survey. The strand “parents understanding and supporting
    our character education program” started at 40% and grew to 72%. Another strand “communication between parents and
    teachers” also grew from 40% to 64%. Exposing parents to the in-home activities helped to jump start the dialogue between
    parents, students, and staff. The Character Education Team is impressed with the growth but also realize that this is still an area
    that needs to remain a focus of our character education. Another strand that Quarton needed to work on was “recruiting the
    wider community in our character education initiative”. In 2011, Quarton scored 39% and made a jump to 54% in 2012.
    Community members and student alum are welcome and encouraged to visit the school. They can be seen regularly
    volunteering within the building. In Principle 11, Quarton grew from 47% to 66% in the strand of “evaluating our schools
    character education efforts”. This evidence could be seen throughout the school. Classrooms posted their coat of arms, family
    core values, and family quotes. The student population also made enormous growth in character education. The data showed
    that in 2011 the children scored the lowest in “treating each other with respect and also respecting one another’s property”. The
    Quarton student body scored 2.6 in “treating others with respect” on the 2011 survey. The follow up survey given in 2012
    reported an increase score of 4.43. Another area of concern with the student body survey was “respecting other people’s
    property”. The score in 2011 was 2.2. The 2012 survey showed an increase in the score to 4.28. Although these were some of
    our target strands Quarton has seen improvement in all strands.
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  2. page Quarton Principle 10 edited {Parent_Involvement_013.jpg} District Reflections Contest Principle 10: The school engages fam…
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    Principle 10: The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.
    Quarton welcomes families and community members as partners in the character-building efforts in many ways. Through
    classroom newsletters, principal’s emails and PTA presentations, parents were educated on the Bear Hug activity and how to
    support their child/children in this effort. At home, activities for parents working with the child were completed. This helped build
    a connection between school and home. Community members are invited annually on a special day during “March is Reading
    Month.” The theme for the entire month, last spring, was “Everyday Heroes.” Students read, researched and wrote about
    everyday heroes during that time. They also shared times in which they were considered heroes. The culmination of this month
    long study was Guest Reader Day, where community members, selected because of their personal service to our community
    and beyond shared their stories, along with literature highlighting the message that everyone can be of service to others. High
    school athletes, who are Quarton alum, came to celebrate “the Super Bowl of Reading.” They spoke to the students about
    working hard in school both, academically and athletically. Quarton Students were given time to talk with these role models in
    small, informal settings. They came away with a better understanding of what “striving for success” really means. New families
    entering the Quarton School Community are invited to a dinner before the beginning on the school year. New families are paired
    with existing families as mentors. These pairings are constructed on the basis of where the families live and the age of the
    children in families which will help in the transition period. Current students take on the role of a guide during a scavenger hunt,
    developed to help the new students better understand the locations of everything in the building. Quarton, part of the
    Birmingham Public Schools, shares in our community education team, which is comprised of businesses; governmental
    agencies; faith-based organizations, as well as parents and students. Large meetings are held semi-annually to provide
    inspiration; connections; and information of how each of the individual groups serves the greater community.
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    volunteer and lead the Quarton Bear News which includes the Quarton Quote, Pledge of Allegence, inspirational quote of the
    day, world and local news, weather, and character education skits.
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  5. page Quarton Principle 9 edited Principle 9: The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character educat…

    Principle 9: The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.
    Quarton Elementary has shared learning and leadership within the school and community to help support the character
    education initiative. The Character Education Committee has the principal, media specialist, physical education teacher, CSO,
    and a grade level teacher. The teachers volunteered to be involved in the committee because of their passion and commitment
    to character education. The committee is led by two teachers and Prinicipal Ghiardi-Coignet. The committee members are
    leaders who retrieve and report back grade level or department information and updates. It is also the way character education
    data is discussed and complied. The School Improvement team was designed to develop school vision and goals. Every grade
    level and department is represented by a member. The team meets during the year to develop the buildings strategic plan. In
    2011 the Quarton building strategic plan was driven by the character education implementation. The team uses staff surveys to
    make decisions and determine the direction of the building and community. The principal communicates weekly with the parents
    via an email blast and the Quarton Website. Character Education lesson plans are also included in the email and website.
    Principal Ghiardi-Coignet also holds numerous PTA meetings to keep parents updated and include them in decision making.
    Students have the opportunity to become mentors and leaders in the building though the Student Leadership Club. This club is
    made up volunteers from fourth and fifth grade. The students come up with ideas to help the school and also the community. It
    is student led and overseen by a fifth grade teacher. They come up with many community outreach projects. Students also
    volunteer and lead the Quarton Bear News which includes the Quarton Quote, Pledge of Allegence, inspirational quote of the
    day, world and local news, weather, and character education skits.

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