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Character Education
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The Bates School is committed to integrating Character Education as part of our educational programming. Character Education is taught in each classroom as part of daily morning meetings. In addition, below are a few of our school-wide Character Education initiatives for the 2015-2016 school year:



Town Hall -
  • All Bates students from kindergarten through grade 5, as well as staff from across the building, participate in this collaborative practice in order to grow a strong school community. Students gather together in mixed-grade cohorts to discuss character values and work together to bring these values to life. Town Hall takes place on half days and is a great way for the oldest students at Bates to practice leadership skills within our Bates school community. We aim to prepare all Bates students to succeed through development of positive social emotional skills.

For more information about this initiative, please reach out to our PBIS Coach, Allison Sarno (allisonsarno@salemk12.org)




Second Steps - The school adjustment counselors teach Kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders about social skills using the Second Step curriculum. This curriculum is part of the regular education classroom and is taught once a week. Topics that will be discussed this year include school behaviors that lead to successful learning, social skills to prepare our students to be safe, respectful, and responsible in school and in the community, coping with strong emotions, and problem solving.

For more information about this initiative, please reach out to one of our School Adjustment Counselors, Sari Rudolph (sarirudolph@salemk12.org)




Boston vs. Bullies – Our fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in Boston vs. Bullies, an award-winning educational program developed by the Sports Museum in Boston and led by many popular Boston athletes.  

For more information about this initiative, check out www.bostonvsbullies.org