JOURNEYS in Character Education

JOURNEYS in Character Education
At least once a month at SGHS, the campus becomes one big seminar.
During these intense “Character Formation Days,” students meet leaders and presenters from all walks of life before breaking into small study groups to discuss hot-button topics like racism, bullying, cheating and lying.
“Character education is simply the most important component of the academic experience,” says Patrick Palmeter, Head of High School. “We all have memories of being teased, called names and in some instances beaten up because of our height, style of dress, ethnicity, gender, mannerisms — anything that makes us different.“
“St Genevieve knows from our own experience that this doesn’t have to be the case. It is certainly not the case at our school,” he points out.
Created as a response to the Columbine school killings, character education at St. Genevieve employs the “Character Counts” program’s six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

SGHS students have met and interacted with Holocaust survivors, former Neo-Nazi party members, civil rights activists and the parents of school shooting victims. They explore issues important to teens such as divorce, sportsmanship, substance abuse and peer pressure.
“In every discipline, every classroom, every day, students know they will be required to demonstrate the respect that is every human being’s due,” the Dean of Character Education reports. “They also know they will be afforded the same respect