Character Education at Oakstone
An emphasis on tolerance for others and personal responsibility form the foundation of skills needed to be successful at school, home, and in the community. In addition to our academic curriculum at Oakstone Academy, we are committed to positive character building for all of our students. Through school-wide and classroom activities, faculty models and fosters the development and demonstration of the following personal character concepts: respect, honesty, responsibility, caring and kindness.
To facilitate the understanding of each of these traits in the elementary grades, teachers integrate one of these key words into their classroom activities for a two-month period. Students who demonstrate these traits are recognized with their name printed on "The Oak Leaf" which is then placed on a special display in the lobby of each of our buildings. Students can earn an Oak Leaf from any member of the staff on multiple occasions.
Middle and high school students learn about these concepts as they relate to friendships and citizenship. Once students enter their middle school years, Oakstone provides an enriched after-school program designed to improve character and leadership traits among middle and high school students. Among the character traits highlighted are: citizenship; leadership; forming effective, harmonious relationships and promoting school spirit and pride.
Character education is also carefully woven into the daily curriculum for all middle school and freshmen high school students. Extra care has been taken to recognize the unique developmental needs for students in each grade level.
Community service is valued at Oakstone Academy. As we model and teach personal character concepts, we believe it is vital to demonstrate these characteristics to our community. As we work together for a common purpose students learn about others in need, while reflecting on the abundance they have. By putting our character concepts into action, children more openly process the importance of their role in being responsible and caring young people.
Even our preschoolers learn from community service. Throughout this school year, our youngest learners, along with their families are collecting non-perishable food items for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. As the food items arrive at school, children learn categorization, counting, graphing, and literacy as they participate in activities to organize their food items to be delivered. Students are encouraged to understand why they are bringing in the items and where the items are being sent.
School-age students participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the school year. Projects range from collecting animal supplies for a dog rescue organization to sending care packages and letters to our military in Iraq. Currently, the students are collecting plastic bottle caps for an elementary student with leukemia. The bottle caps will be delivered to an area businessman who in turn will provide cash to help the family pay for child's chemotherapy.
Our middle and high school students complete a minimum of six community service projects each year. Some of our past projects include: caring for animals at area humane societies, boxing items for children in Haiti, working at the Habitat for Humanity warehouse, being buddies to refugee children from Somalia, and serving food at a shelter for the homeless. Middle and high school students are participating in a community recycling program also collecting bottle caps. Community service projects for this summer have not been determined yet. Please contact Oakstone Academy Middle School and High School if you have a community service project to recommend.