TRAITS FOR SUCCESS
SMCDS Traits for Success
“At St. Michael’s I learned a ton more than just my class studies. I learned how to be a much more effective student, how to be organized, and how to set myself up to do really well in college and in life.” – SMCDS Alumnae 2012
At the highest level of curriculum development, we search for ways to guide children to take full advantage of the many challenges and opportunities provided to them.
At St. Michael’s Country Day School, we ask that teachers, parents, students and administrators demonstrate “Traits for Success”. Research indicates that these character traits play the most significant role in enabling students to achieve success in school and in later life. Such factors as reading levels, affluence, grades, and I.Q. do not correlate as highly with eventual success as Organization, Attentiveness, Courage, Generosity, Persistence, Positive Attitude, Flexibility, Collaboration, and Responsibility.
Each Trait for Success is emphasized throughout the curriculum and during monthly school-wide Assemblies.
September ● Organization
I plan ahead. I have places for everything. I am ready to learn.
October ● Attentiveness
I focus on important things.
November ● Courage
I am willing to stand up for what is right. I challenge myself.
I give of myself to others. I act with empathy.
January ● Persistence
I keep trying in the face of adversity.
February ● Positive Attitude
I can do it!
March ● Flexibility
I try new ideas and different methods.
April ● Collaboration
I work cooperatively and confidently with others.
May ● Responsibility
I can be counted on. I take charge of my learning.
I am a kind, honest, compassionate, and respectful person.