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Sherman ISD Introduces Districtwide Character Education Program

In the 2023-24 school year, Sherman ISD is implementing a character education program called The Bearcat Way. This traits-based, calendar-focused character education program is designed to give students the keys to drive towards greatness. The following 10 character traits are based on the Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.906, which states that the State Board of Education (SBOE) shall integrate positive character traits and personal skills into the essential knowledge and skills adopted for kindergarten through grade 12. 

  • [August] Respect: treating people the way you want to be treated.

  • [September] Courage: gaining strength to do something you are afraid to do.

  • [October] Integrity: doing what is right even when no one is watching.

  • [November] Gratitude: pausing to notice and appreciate someone or something.

  • [December] Caring: displaying kindness and concern for others.

  • [January] Responsible: doing what you are trusted to do.

  • [February] Giving: offering support to benefit others.

  • [March] Resilience: bouncing back when you get knocked down.

  • [April] Trustworthy: depending on each other.

  • [May] Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Sherman ISD will distribute handouts and videos to schools and families each month to explain and help reinforce the positive character traits at home and school.

Schools will have the opportunity to nominate students who best exemplify these monthly traits for a districtwide award. One elementary and one secondary Student Ambassador will be chosen at the district level and recognized at monthly School Board meetings.

“We already know that we have great students who are considerate, community-oriented and exemplary role models,” said Reid Kirk, coordinator of character education. “Our goal is to build on that foundation and equip all students with lifelong skills that will serve them well beyond high school graduation.”

Throughout the school year, Sherman ISD is inviting all of our students, faculty, staff, and community to “Be a Bearcat” and join us in teaching and demonstrating The Bearcat Way.