Rockwood believes strongly in the importance of character education. This is an important variable as the district focuses its efforts on doing whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential.
Caring Schools Community
The district uses the Caring Schools Community model with an emphasis on autonomy, belonging and competence, which is embedded throughout our curriculum.
The key in this anti-bullying program is the support of bystanders and the anonymity of students who report bullying actions in their school community.
Rockwood counselors teach students about the different roles involved in bullying behaviors and how to stand up to negative peer influence. Empathy, the opposite of bullying, is modeled and encouraged in students through student-led service training, buddy activities, school-family groups, and peer and adult mentors. Most importantly, conflict resolution skills provide students with skills to solve problems peacefully.
Rockwood has received numerous awards for its work in the area of character education.
Rockwood was named a 2016 National District of Character by Character.org.
Rockwood National Schools of Character include Babler, Ballwin, Blevins, Bowles, Chesterfield, Crestview, Ellisville, Geggie, Green Pines, Kehrs Mill, Kellison, Lafayette, LaSalle Springs, Pond, Selvidge, Stanton, Uthoff Valley, Wild Horse, Woerther and Rockwood Early Childhood Education.
Missouri Schools of Character include Babler, Ballwin, Blevins, Bowles, Chesterfield, Crestview, Early Childhood Center, Ellisville, Kehrs Mill, Geggie, Green Pines, Kellison, Lafayette, LaSalle Springs, Pond, Selvidge, Stanton, Uthoff Valley, Westridge, Wild Horse and Woerther.
Fourteen Rockwood schools earned 16 Promising Practices Awards from Character.org in 2018.
Other Programs and Successes
Since 2000, the Rockwood community has raised more than one million dollars for the American Cancer Society through its annual Relay For Life event.
The WEB program (Where Everybody Belongs) is active in middle schools and high schools. Older students mentor younger students and model lessons in character education, anti-bullying and positive school climate.
The Leader in Me program has been used as a model in several Rockwood elementary and middle schools.
A website that helps families discover schools and neighborhoods recently revealed its top public high schools, and all four Rockwood high schools made the list. According to Niche.com, Lafayette High School ranked second in the state. Marquette High School ranked fifth, Eureka High School ranked eighth and Rockwood Summit High School ranked 11th.
Rockwood school buses passed Missouri State Highway Patrol safety inspections with nearly 100 percent of buses in compliance, March 18-19.
"It's absolutely outstanding," said Rockwood Director Transportation Mike Heyman. "The fact that out of 190 school buses, inspectors found just one with a brake light out shows just how seriously they take their work in Missouri. Knowing that, it makes a 99 percent passing rate all the more rewarding. Our entire department is very proud."
This year, eight Rockwood schools earned Promising Practices Awards from Character.org. Each year, the organization recognizes schools and districts from the U.S. and across the globe for their innovative practices in the area of character education. To receive a Promising Practice award, schools must demonstrate how they put one or more of the 11 Principles of Character Education into action.