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2008-2009 Character Education Words of the Week

RESPECT Showing regard for the worth of someone or something.

August 4 August 11 August 18 August 25 September 2 September 8 Self-Respect Self-Control Courtesy Respect for Others Punctuality Trustworthiness Pride and belief in oneself and in achievement of one's potential. Control of your actions and emotions. Polite behavior. Appreciation for the importance of and efforts of others. Promptness. Worthy of confidence, reliable.

RESPONSIBILITY Taking care of self and others; to carry out a duty or task carefully and thoroughly.

September 22 September 29 October 6 October 13 October 20 School Pride Respect for the Environment Civility Reliability Honor Care and satisfaction in your school's achievement and success. The conservation and care of your surroundings. Polite and courteous behavior towards others in words and actions. Deserving of trust and confidence. A sense of what is right, just, and true.

CITIZENSHIP Respectful devotion to one's country and/or school.

October 27 November 3 November 10 November 17 Sportsmanship Gratitude Patriotism Respect for the Creator The ability to take winning and losing without gloating or complaining. A feeling of thankful appreciation for benefits received. Respectful devotion to one's country. As referenced in the Declaration of Independence and state law, unalienable human rights reflecting the "intrinsic worth of every individual."*

COMPASSION Showing concern or sympathy for others.

December 1 December 8 December 15 Generosity/Service Kindness Cleanliness Willingness to give and share unselfishly your time and talents in your community. Consideration and willingness to help others. Habitually and carefully neat and clean.

*From Georgia State "Values & Character Education Implementation Guide"

Revised 4/16/2007

2008-2009 Character Education Words of the Week

RESILIENCE The capacity to successfully manage high levels of change.

January 6 January 12 January 20 January 26 February 2 Self Confidence Flexibility Diligence Initiative Resourcefulness Positive attitude about, and trust in one's self; sense of security and self-assurance. Quality of showing adaptability and versatility. Consistent attention to quality work; remaining focused on your goal. Proactive; thinking and taking action on your own. Clever, Creative, Imaginative, Inventive.

TOLERANCE Respecting the individual differences, views, and beliefs of other people.

February 9 February 23 March 2 March 9 Acceptance Forgiveness Cooperation Fairness Recognition of the diversity of others, their opinions, practices, and culture. Benefiting yourself and others by ceasing to feel resentment towards others. Working together for a common purpose. Equal treatment of behavior and viewpoints of others.

COMMITMENT The obligation or pledge to carry out some action or to support some policy or person.

March 16 March 23 March 30 April 13 Cheerfulness Motivation Determination Perseverance Being in pleasant spirits. The desire to move towards a goal. The inner strength to pursue a goal or task; will power. Working hard without giving up.

INTEGRITY Steadfast adherence to a strict code of moral, ethical, or artistic values; to consistently be truthful and fair.

April 20 April 27 May 4 Honesty Virtue Loyalty Truthfulness and sincerity. Moral excellence; goodness. Faithful to a person, an organization, or your country.

ACCOMPLISHMENT Appreciation for attaining one's goals.

May 11 May 18 May 26 Self-Reliance Courage Patience Creativity Relying on one's own abilities, efforts, or judgments. To meet a challenge without giving in to fear. The power to wait calmly without complaining. Characterized by originality and productivity.

Revised 4/16/2007

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