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Northwest Elementary School

Our Mission:
To engage students, staff, and parents in a positive program involving character education, leadership skills, and recognition; thus promoting the importance of character development in our elementary school and our community.


A place where Character Counts!


The is a group of Six Animals designed to help children learn about the Six Pillars of Character.

We introduce Six Pillars of Character to our students throughout the school day. The pillars are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.



Think "true blue".
Shinrai is the CAMEL who always keeps her promises, always does what she says she'll do and is loyal, honest and punctual.
Think the Golden Rule!
Austus, the LION, believes that respect is one of the highest qualities one can have - for nature, for others and for oneself.



Solid and reliable, like an oak.
Ansvar is the ELEPHANT with colorful ribbon ties around his trunk and tail to help him remember his responsibilities.
Think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends.
Guisto is the GIRAFFE who always tries to do what's right. Guisto uses his long neck to see all sides of any issue and has a gentle way of helping others do the same.



Think of a heart
Karina is the KANGAROO who has a seemingly endless supply of things inside her pouch, including a special box of little hears for children she meets on her travels.
Think regal purple as representing the state.
Kupa is the BEAR who considers herself a citizen of the world. A philosopher and poet, she believes that we are all part of the same family and must do our share to help each other.


Northwest teachers decorated their classroom doors to reinforce the Six Character Pillars.

Mrs. Asbell’s
Mrs. Adam’s
Mrs. Cotton’s
Mrs. Zitofsky

Northwest Teachers, Mrs. Reddin and Mrs. Griffin’s 2nd grade class created the official Character Counts Song.

Our school also created hallway streets signs based on our Six Character Pillars and each class has a street address. For example, Ms. Lee is located on 2 Fairness Avenue.

Fairness Avenue, Trustworthy Street, Responsible Road, Caring Way, Respect Lane, Citizenship Court.

Character Counts in the Lunchroom.

We are in the process of painting a mural of all of the Character Counts Animals and pillars in the lunchroom.

Character Counts in the Hallway.

Each class has a pillar with fifty boxes. When the class is displaying positive behavior in the hallway they are given character ticket for the entire class. Once the class fills up the class pillar the class takes a picture with our big colorful Character Counts Pillar. Once the class fills up two Pillars the class will earn a popcorn party. When the class fills up their third pillar they will have a Principal’s Movie pick and popcorn party.

Class Pictures.

“Have you been terrific today?”

T R R F C C-
-- Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are terrific:

T rustworthiness R espect R esponsibility F airness C aring C itizenship

Monday, June 24, 2019