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Character Counts


At Butterfield Elementary School STEAM Academy, we understand the importance of teaching our students the core values they will need to become successful members of society. We will use the Character Counts Program to teach, model, and reinforce the six pillars of character. The Character Counts Program aligns with our school vision: A community dedicated to inspiring life-long learners with positive character traits. In addition, we have aligned our school's rules to coincide with the pillars of character: Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Others, and Take Care of Butterfield.

In order to teach students each pillar individually, we will focus on one pillar each month. We have assigned each grade level a specific pillar. Each grade level will be responsible for planning school-wide activities, events, and student incentives to create a fun atmosphere in which students learn about the importance of displaying good character. Our school's PTO sells shirts that coincide with the specific color that each pillar represents. You may order these T-shirts in the front office. Please support this program by discussing the six pillars of character with your child at home. Let's work together to create Bobcats that are "TRRFCC" OR TERRIFIC!

Each month starting in September, grade levels perform a song for the school and we recognize two students per classroom that have best demonstrated that pillar of the month. Those students and their parents are invited to attend these assemblies and "hand printing" ceremonies at lunch.

August-All 6 Pillars, Classroom & School Expectations


Respect- 1st Grade
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements 

October- Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Month


Responsibility- 5th Grade
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act - consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others


Fairness- 3rd Grade
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don't take advantage of others • Don't blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly


Caring- Kindergarten
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need


Trustworthiness- 4th Grade
Be honest • Don't deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable - do what you say you'll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal - stand by your family, friends, and country


Citizenship- 2nd Grade
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

May-All 6 Pillars-6th Grade

More information regarding Character Counts can be found here.