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Students Learn R-E-S-P-E-C-T and What it Means to Their Success in School

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Students Learn R-E-S-P-E-C-T and What it Means for Their Success in School
SAGINAW, Mich., Oct. 10, 2014—Students at North Saginaw Charter Academy are not only studying math, reading, and science this month, but they are also learning about respect and how it shapes their personal character.
Along with an academic program geared toward college prep, North Saginaw also offers a Moral Focus curriculum. Each month, teachers incorporate a different virtue into their lesson plans. The virtue for October is respect which is really important for teachers and students to hold for each other in order to have a successful classroom.
“Respect is so important to a well-managed classroom,” said Audrey Medlin, principal of North Saginaw Charter Academy. “We want our students to understand the importance of respecting their teachers, their peers, and themselves. A strong moral identity is foundational to student success.”
Other virtues studied throughout the school year include: gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion, and integrity. This month, students are invited to share what they have learned through a writing and art contest held by National Heritage Academies (NHA).
The contest started several years ago as a way to encourage students to expand their writing skills through the specialized curriculum. Each year 30 students, out of NHA’s 80 schools, are chosen as the winners. Their writing or artwork is published in a Moral Focus Anthology that is distributed to all schools.
Each month, the school holds at least one Moral Focus assembly to honor students who showcase one of the virtues in the classroom.
Parents at North Saginaw Charter Academy enjoy the moral focus program and the added benefit it provides students. In the Spring Parent Survey, 89 percent of parents said the school has delivered on its promise of moral guidance.
“Our parents appreciate the value added to our academic program by incorporating the Moral Focus curriculum to help students mature emotionally.”
North Saginaw Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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