“We have extremely intelligent students, so we want to cultivate that drive,” she said.
In conjunction with academics, the new military-inspired initiative will instill honor, responsibility, discipline, teamwork, integrity and good moral character.
The initiative’s keystones are:
n Duty — Fulfill obligations. Doing one’s duty means more than carrying out assigned tasks. Duty means being able to accomplish tasks and responsibilities as part of a team.
n Respect — Treat people as they should be treated. Respect is what allows one to appreciate the best in other people. Self-respect is a vital ingredient, which results from knowing a best effort has been put forth.
n Service — Doing one’s duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain.
n Honor — Carrying out, acting and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, service, integrity and personal courage in everything one does.
n Integrity — Doing what’s right, legally and morally. It is a quality that is developed by adhering to moral principles. It requires doing and saying nothing that deceives others. As one’s integrity grows, so does the trust others place in that individual.
“We’ve seen our suspension rate drop because they know what it means to be safe, be respectful and be responsible,” Spesard said. “It is time to dig deeper into our value system and educate students about being productive citizens. I think they’re ready.”