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, a designation that lasts five years.
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.
Rockwood Missouri Schools of Character include Babler, Ballwin, Blevins, Bowles, Chesterfield, Crestview, Ellisville, Kehrs Mill, Geggie, Green Pines, Kellison, Lafayette, LaSalle Springs, Pond, Selvidge, Stanton, Uthoff Valley, Westridge, Wild Horse, Woerther and Rockwood Early Childhood Education.
Other Programs and Successes
Since 2000, the Rockwood community has raised more than $1 million 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 leadership development program has been used as a model in several Rockwood elementary and middle schools.
Middle schools have participated in the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors program in which students take the lead in recognizing and stopping bullying and spreading awareness of the issue.
Niche.com, 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, Lafayette ranked third in the state. Marquette ranked sixth, Rockwood Summit ranked eighth, and Eureka ranked 10th.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Rockwood Transportation department earned the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s “Fleet Excellence Award” for outstanding school bus maintenance and safety. The distinction requires a score of 95 percent or better when it comes to school bus safety inspections, with no buses being held out of service.
This year, three 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.
(Updated Dec. 2020)