Character Education

Our character education program is designed to help all learners develop the skills necessary for success in today's world.

Members of the GRIT/Harmanize team presented at a conference in summer 2018 Love Learn Lead logo Teachers pose at OAESA

Peter Reynolds (left photo) with the Oakwood Elementary Character Education Team at the

Ohio Association of Elementary School Administration (OAESA) conference.

New Name ... Same Great Program

Our elementary character education program is getting a new name!

We have been teaching the same great lessons at Harman School and E.D. Smith Elementary for years. However, we have referred to the program as Harmanize at Harman and Grit at Smith. This has caused some confusion and this year the Character Education Leadership Team decided to find a name that encompasses what it means to be a Lumberjack in one unique program title.

What is the new name? Well, we like to make learning FUN so we are doing a Big Reveal! A letter a day will be released on Thursday, August 23 through Thursday, August 30 on the morning announcements. The letters will NOT be released in order and students will have an opportunity to make as many words as possible with the letters they collect.

The new title will be revealed on Friday, August 31 during the first character education lesson. Stay tuned for the final answer!

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Ongoing Topics

2017-2018 Topics

2016-2017 Topics

2015-2016 Topics

2018-2019 Schedule

This year during our Character Education lessons we will be completing an author book study utilizing books written by Peter Reynolds. To learn more about Peter Reynold's work visit his website.

  • Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
    • The Word Collector read by Mrs. Patterson & Mrs. Harris
      • Topic: Empowerment
  • Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
    • I'm Here
      • Topic: Connections
  • Friday, Sept. 14, 2018T
    • The Dot
      • National Dot Day! Homeroom activity
  • Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
    • Going Place & FUN RUN! Morning session & afternoon run
      • Topic: Collaboration
  • Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
    • So Few of Me
      • Topic: Balance
  • Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
    • I Am Human
      • Topic: Empathy
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 @ E. D. Smith Elem. & Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ Harman School
    • Playing from the Heart
      • Topic: Joy
  • Friday, April 5, 2019
    • Ish
      • Topic: Confidence
  • Friday, May, 3, 2019
    • Say Something
      • Topic: Empowerment
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    • Family Day!

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