Character Education Programs

  • The intermediate and middle school campuses of Sherman ISD utilize a variety of programs/practices to address character education and bully prevention. 


    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a district program that emphasizes a school-wide system of support that, which includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. PBIS consists of rules, routines, and physical arrangements that are developed and taught by school staff to prevent initial occurrences of behavior the school would like to target for change.

    • Within the classroom, in hallways, and in other common areas across the campus, students are taught and reminded of procedures and good behavioral practices to be used both at school and at home so that they can become a better student and community member.
    • Students are rewarded for their work and behavior which increases the occurrence of positive actions and prevents the occurrence of negative ones. 

    Why Try

     The Why Try program teaches social, emotional, and leadership principles through a multisensory approach and strives to build a sense of resiliency in children.  


    Second Steps

    Second Steps is a violence prevention curriculum used during classroom guidance, which can also be used for individual and small group counseling. Problem solving, emotion management, coping skills, empathy, communication and friendship skills are some of the topics covered in this program.


    • The goals of the Second Steps curriculum are for students to stay engaged in school, make good choices, set goals, and avoid peer pressure, substance abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying.


    3D | Decide, Define, Deliver

    The 3-D program (Decide, Define, Deliver) is an award-winning, nationally recognized program which started with a group of students at SHS is under the FCCLA program; 3D is considered part of the Safe Schools program. Empathy is addressed with the goal of helping students understand they are not alone in whatever challenges they face throughout their lives, and that help is always available for them.



    Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs) is a leadership program that pairs at-risk elementary children with a Sherman High School mentor to learn leadership skills, good decision making, and goal setting. Mentors meet with the elementary students for several weeks.


    START Mentoring

    The START Mentoring program at Sherman High School consists of juniors and seniors who work with all freshmen via their English I class. START Mentors help freshmen get acclimated to high school, and provide positive and productive relationships between older and younger students. 



    Perrin Learning Center has adopted a 3C.H.I.P.S. campaign. On Fridays, the campus focuses on positive characteristics students should exhibit. 3C.H.I.P.S. stands for Caring, Citizenship, Courage, Honesty, Integrity, Persistence, and Sincerity.

    • Guest speakers are invited weekly to this event to connect their insights as related to 3C.H.I.P.S. 
    • The staff also facilitates group discussion on the 10 virtues most commonly named by parents, educators, and community groups concerned with character education. These discussions help the students construct a vision of themselves as people of good character, and then strive to live up to that vision.


    Guidance Counseling

     Individual or small group counseling is conducted by the counselors as needed throughout the year and as the need arises. 

    • The counselors have also developed guidance lessons based on the tenets of character education, which includes a video about bullying prevention. All of these programs are presented during advisory periods. 
    • All counselors conduct counseling sessions as needed throughout the year to address bullying and character concerns. 
    • Many counselors work on active duty in the cafeteria and hallways to make connections with students. 
    • Counselors respond to parent phone calls when there is a concern, and often provide a list of local resources to parents (if needed) for various problems.