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Youth and Family Services

Character Education - B.E.S.T. & Caught Being Good Programs


B.E.S.T. Character Education- 

Building Esteem in Students Today is a school wide  character education program that teaches students the importance of having good character.  Each month a new character trait is highlighted for students to learn about and exhibit throughout the building.  Classroom teachers nominate students each month to receive a certificate from Miss White that recognizes that they went above and beyond to work on that month's trait.  The goal of this program is to have all students nominated for at least one character trait throughout the year.  The following is a list of character traits that we focus on throughout the year. 


  • September - Positive Climate
  • October - Responsibility
  • November - Caring and Sharing
  • December - Caring and Sharing
  • January - Goal Setting
  • February - Honesty
  • March - Health and Prevention
  • April - Conflict and Feelings
  • May - Courtesy
  • June - Esteem


Caught Being Good Program -

Staff at John Pearl School are armed with Caught Being Good tickets to distribute to any student that they feel have shown good character/behavior in the classroom, hallways, recess, the lunchroom, at specials and walking to the buses.  Once a student is caught being good they put their name on a ticket and then place it in the "Caught being Good Bucket" in the main office.  Every Friday, Miss White pulls 5 tickets from the bucket and those students have their names read over the P.A. system, receive a "Caught Being Good" pencil and their names appear in the Pearl Patter.