Character Program

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Dehesa Middle School (DMS) holds all students to a high level of character. We use the “Character Counts” character education program which focusses on 6 main character traits:  Trustworthiness, Respect, Fairness, Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship.  These character traits are woven into our school climate through our code of conduct, expected student behaviors, character awards, and murals throughout our campus.  We also use and teach students Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids”as a guide for lifelong good habits. The 7 habits include: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw.  Each year we do a Kindness Challenge for one week where we encourage students to do a variety of kind acts at school, home, and in their communities. DMS also builds and encourages excellent character through academic awards, citizenship awards, and attendance awards