Character Education Center

Ranch Elementary School is a proud member of the Character Counts Coalition designed to foster and promote performance and moral character within students. Character Counts is a philosophy based on six universally recognized acts of character called the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. J.O. Combs Unified School District has adopted the program Character Always to continue the development of the Character Counts philosophy. Character Always is a comprehensive discipline program aligned with the Six Pillars of Character. Each student will have a Character Card for documenting his or her behavior.

There are three main objectives of the Character Always Character Cards. The first objective is to replace negative behaviors with positive ones by students being recognized for positive choices. Secondly, the Character Cards serve to establish ownership of personal behaviors by students due to students being accountable for documenting both positive and negative behaviors. Lastly, the Character Always Character Cards will create a consistent discipline system school wide as well as district wide. The following are the six expectations students will be held accountable for, along with a description of each of the Six Pillars of Character.Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It's not hard. Character is doing what's right when no one is looking.

Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment

Our Character Pledge