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Fair Oaks Ranch celebrates character

Posted: October 27, 2008 7:04 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Lea Saet, left, Tyler Cole and Megan Hubbard, right, show off their character sign at Fair Oaks Ranch Community School

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At Fair Oaks Ranch Community School, there's always a question of character.

Last week, students celebrated Character Counts Week in commemoration of the school's "six pillars" of character: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

"Character pillars are embedded in everything that we do at our school," Principal Marie Stump said. "The six pillars are reinforced on daily basis and are the core of our school discipline policies. This week was a celebration of these pillars."

During Character Counts Week, students participated in a "who do you look up to" writing assignment and learned about historical figures who exhibited all six pillars of character, such as retired basketball coach John Wooden and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The student-run morning news program, Falcon Television Network, broadcasts skits about students exhibiting traits of character.

TV Producer Megan Hubbard and Newscaster Lea Saet are sixth graders who helped produce these broadcasts.

"On FTN, we get some of our newscasters to put out this little show about how this girl named Alex is trying to show character traits," Saet said. "We show a little bit every day. It's really fun."

Sixth grader Tyler Cole, the student council historian and FTN co-producer, visited various classes throughout the week and took pictures of students who exhibited the pillars of character.

Cole used the pictures in a slide-show presentation Friday.

"I really enjoyed visiting the classrooms and teachers and seeing the students show character. I knew most of the students in each class," Cole said.

Special guests visited the school during the week and read stories that highlighted the pillars of character.

These guests included Superintendent Dr. Robert Nolet, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathy Wright, District Administers Vicki Meyers and Marianne Hamor, Board Member Shelden Wigdor, District Personnel Director Kathy Harris, California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, and retired teachers Carole Cliffe and Lou Wiener.

The school recognizes students who are "caught exhibiting exemplary character." Classes with the most students of character receive special recess privileges.

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