R-E-S-P-E-C-T and What it Means for Their Success in School
SAGINAW, Mich., Oct.
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.
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
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.”
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).
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.
month, the school holds at least one Moral Focus assembly to honor students who
showcase one of the virtues in the classroom.
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.
parents appreciate the value added to our academic program by incorporating the
Moral Focus curriculum to help students mature emotionally.”
Saginaw Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten
through eighth grade.