Character Education

students in class

Character counts in KSD140!  We believe character education is a learning process that enables students to understand and act on core ethical values such as respect, caring, citizenship, and responsibility for self and others.

Second Step Program - Grades K-8

Second Step is an evidence-based program which decreases behaviors and increases whole-school success by promoting self-regulation, safety, and support.  Children learn social-emotional skills such as responsible decision-making, working together to solve problems, managing strong emotions, and getting along with others. These skills can help children succeed academically and socially.Throughout the year, school counselors teach Second Step lessons which integrate social-emotional learning into our classrooms.

PBIS Program - Grades 6-8

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a systematic approach that establishes and reinforces clear behavioral expectations.  The goal of the program is to emphasize positive behaviors, decrease student discipline referrals, and promote the student’s commitment to their school.  PBIS strategies support academic and social success for all students and help create a positive school climate.

Peer Mediation

KSD140 is committed to educating our students on how to participate in positive conflict resolution. Selected 4th - 5th grade students are given the opportunity to be trained and supervised peer mediators. Peer mediation is a wonderful way for our students to have hands-on experience while learning this important life skill.