Let Your Behaviorlike a LION!

This program recognizes middle school students for demonstrating outstanding efforts in school. This program is based on 9 character traits (see attached) that guide our behavior, choices and decisions. The Pride of the Reek Lion Program gives Reek staff and teachers an opportunity to formally recognize our students who are behaving like a lion – demonstrating one of the 9 key character traits. This program is not an award solely for academic purposes, but one that encourages and praises students for positive interactions and leadership. The character traits act as a multi-level filter through which to process decisions and make choices. So, being trustworthy is not enough — we must also be kind and caring. Following school rules is simply not enough; we must accept responsibility for our actions. (adapted from the 6 Pillars of Character - CHARACTER COUNTS!"® is a registered trademark/service mark of Josephson Institute."

The Pride of the Reek Lion can be anything a staff member deems appropriate, some examples are:

  • Helping another student academically or socially
  • Giving great effort on an assignment or project
  • Demonstrating positive character traits
  • Anything that deserves recognition greater than just a thank you.

Reek teachers and staff members are encouraged to “catch students being good” and nominate them for the Pride of the Reek Lion Award and to help us acknowledge them in a great new way.

Any student who is recognized for their efforts will be awarded a token of gratitude during each monthly Pride of the Lion Assembly on the last Monday of every month at 2:30 p.m. in the gym. Parents are notified of their child's nomination and all parents and family members are invited to these assemblies. Students will receive an award certificate and have their picture taken each month. These pictures appear in the Reek Reporter, Reek's monthly newsletter, every month.

As you can see this is not an award solely for academic purposes, but one that encourages and praises positive interactions and leadership. We encourage you to "catch kids being good" and to help us acknowledge them in a great new way.

If you have any questions please see Mrs. Ocker or Dr. Polek.


Caring / Kindness • Be kind to others • Be compassionate and show concern for those around you • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship •Do your share to make your school and community better a better place • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

Cooperation / Teamwork •Listen carefully to others and be sure to understand what they are saying • Share when you have something that others would like to have • Take turns when there is something that nobody wants to do, or when more than one person wants to do the same thing • Compromise when you have a serious conflict • Show appreciation to people for what they contribute • Encourage people to do their best • Don't isolate or exclude anyone - everybody has something valuable to offer, and no one likes being left out.(Copyright Elkind+Sweet Communications / Live Wire Media. Reprinted by permission. Copied from www.GoodCharacter.com).

Use Manners • Think things out before speaking • Avoid the word “like” • Don’t speak loudly • Speak with respect to and of others by avoiding negative or insulting remarks • Use the terms 'Thank you', 'Please', and 'You're welcome'• Speak highly of others and show respect for them, even if you don't always feel that way – if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything. • Greet others appropriately even if you know someone well • Pay attention to how you carry yourself

Fairness • Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others and treat people equally • Don’t take advantage of others, Don’t cheat or steal • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Honest / Trustworthiness • Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation

Respect • Treat others the way you want to be treated (Follow the Golden Rule) • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility • Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Let Your BehaviorLike a Lion!