Character Choices

Our Character Education Program

Students at MMA participate in the Character Choices Program designed to help students develop their personal character, become lifelong learners and transform into quality citizens within their communities.

Character Choices focuses on nine monthly traits, which are woven into the curriculum throughout the entire year. The Character Choices curriculum is aligned to Common Core Standards, making it a regular part of the school day and a part of the dialogue of the students’ day. Each trait is assigned a focus month to allow the students more time to delve into the true meaning of the trait.

What makes our program so unique?

  • Helps to develop social and academic behaviors
  • Includes academic lessons that correspond with the traits
  • Monthly assemblies and recognition
  • Includes etiquette lessons to train kids for social settings now and in the future
  • Includes community service activities each month
  • Covers nine different traits throughout the school year
  • Promotes parent and community involvement
  • Is adaptable for students of all ages
  • Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Includes training on becoming tech-smart kids on social media
  • Extension activities are included for families to get involved in their child’s learning
  • The Annual Spring Character Choices Expression writing contest allows students to apply what they’ve learned for a chance at a scholarship
  • And MUCH MORE!

Students and teachers work together to practice each trait in writing, reading and through their actions. Teachers are able to build Character Choices lessons into their everyday lessons through various activities, books, and demonstrations.

kids on track about to race


kid gathering leaves

OCTOBER – Responsibility

chemistry students watching experiment

NOVEMBER – Cooperation

kid tying shoes

DECEMBER – Compassion

children shaking hands making a deal with an adult

JANUARY – Good Judement

kid pushing kid in snow

FEBRUARY – Integrity

kid in wheelchair raising his hands in celebration in front of sunset

MARCH – Perseverance

kids recycling bottles

APRIL – Citizenship

smiling kid riding bike with helmet

May – Courage

Peace Education

In conjunction with our character education program, we introduce and teach peace education in all of our classrooms. We give our students the tools to use their words and communicate when they are feeling sad, mad, or frustrated. In every classroom, there is a “peace corner”. In this “corner” there is a peace rose or peace objects that students can use as a talking stick and other objects to help the student take a few minutes to regain their confidence and composure so they can be successful in the classroom. We strive to teach every student how to be a positive role model and also teach them of past famous role models.