Integrity - February

INTEGRITY: February’s Key to Success
February, 2017

Dear Mill Pond Students and Families,
It is already February, where has the time gone? We are halfway through our school year and it has been great watching all of our students at Mill Pond learn and grow… This month the Key Value that we will focus on is Integrity. For those of you who were at Mill Pond last year, I am sure you remember what integrity means. However for those of you who are new to Mill Pond, this may be a less familiar word to you. I would like all of you to take a few minutes and talk with those around you about what you think integrity means...  
Integrity means being honest with oneself and others at all times. Doing the right thing even when you think nobody is watching. Showing integrity is a choice. There is a big difference between knowing the right thing to do and actually doing it. Can you think of some examples of times that you showed integrity? Turn and talk to the person next to you and share a couple of examples, as well as listen to your classmate share their examples. Also, can you think of a time when you knew the right thing to do, yet you made a different choice? If so, you are showing integrity right now…. You are being honest with yourself. We all make mistakes and none of us  is perfect (even grown ups). IF we are honest with ourselves, we can all think of a time that we could have made a better choice. 
I feel very lucky to work at Mill Pond where character education is so important. I see examples of students and staff showing integrity every day! Here are just a few recent examples: A student found a stack of Pokemon cards and turned them in to a teacher. Another student was going to throw their trash away and picked up someone else’s ice cream wrapper off the floor and threw that away too. A boy saw another boy getting frustrated/teary and consoled him. A girl walked safely in the hall even though all her friends started to run. Another student went to use the bathroom, saw others fooling around and quickly left the bathroom.  
So, what are you going to do today to show your integrity? Remember integrity is doing the right thing even when you think nobody is watching! Having integrity gives you a sense of power and strength on the inside. 
Sincerely, Ms. Kovaleski