To help children learn to be individuals with integrity, it is essential to instill the virtue of honesty. At Challenger School, we teach children that honesty is a fundamental virtue that is essential for personal growth, healthy relationships, and happiness. Honesty is more than just telling the truth or avoiding lies—it means having the courage to recognize and accept reality as it is, not as we wish it to be.
One way we explore the consequences of honesty at school is during literature lessons. For example, the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird explores themes of racial injustice and moral growth, with honesty being a key virtue displayed by the protagonist, attorney Atticus Finch. In a typical seventh-grade Challenger discussion, the class would consider how Finch does not manipulate facts or withhold information, demonstrating the character’s commitment to truth and justice. The conversation would likely recognize how Finch does not shield his family from the harsh realities of their 1930s society that includes racism and injustice, and how he explains these issues honestly and encourages his children to develop their own understanding. After a frank discussion, the students will likely recognize Finch’s courage when he takes on a controversial case despite knowing it will make him unpopular in his community. Regardless of the complexities and consequences, Finch does what he believes is right, rather than what is easy or convenient.
Clearly, having integrity—acting in a manner consistent with one’s moral principles—is reliant upon living honestly. It can often be easier and more convenient to bend the truth or look the other way instead of standing firmly on principle and doing the right thing. To help teach our children we must model honest behavior and create an environment where truth is valued. Here are some ideas that can be implemented at home:
As we work together with patience and care, we can teach children that living honestly, while not always easy, is an essential part of living a happy, productive life. Then, hopefully and thankfully, children will continue to embrace this virtue long after childhood and use it as a guiding principle in their moral foundation.
Starting in October, individual student portraits and some class pictures will be taken by a photographer and be available for purchase. Watch for a flyer with campus-specific information, including the date of your child’s picture day.
All students are required to dress in special-function uniforms as shown below.
Kindergarten–Grade 8 Students
The voyages of Columbus were big news throughout Europe and sparked an age of discovery, exploration, settlement, and expanding trade. During our Columbus Day commemoration, classes will discuss events surrounding the discovery of America, the founding of colonies such as Jamestown, and the significance of European exploration of the American continents.
Students in first through eighth grade are participating in the Challenger Physical Fitness Program. Testing will start this month in five events: curl-ups, shuttle run, endurance run, pull ups/chin ups, and sit-and-reach. Students who achieve qualifying standards in all events during the official testing in fall or spring will receive a Physical Fitness Award at the end of the year.
Midterm grades for students in first through eighth grade will be available to view in PowerSchool later this month. Kindergarten teachers will conference with parents to convey student progress at midterm.
At the end of the semester, Reports of Progress will be sent home to preschool parents, and Achievement Reports will be available online to kindergarten through eighth grade parents.
Contact the campus at any time if you’d like to speak with your child’s teacher.
Halloween at Challenger is lots of fun—you never know what characters you might run into on campus!
For Dress-Up Days (see dates above), students may wear either costumes or their uniforms to school. Please remember, it is not a free-dress day. Students who wear costumes will remain in the costume all day and should not plan on changing into other clothes. We encourage creative costumes, but remember that your child will have regular school activities that day. Please make sure that costumes do not include masks, glitter, toy weapons, or violent characters.
Students can look forward to seeing their teachers in costume, too!
Middle school students are invited to a Halloween event on October 27 (ID, UT) or October 31 (CA, NV, TX).
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