August – September Virtue Winners
Valle Catholic is continuing their approach to disciplining children called Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline. With traditional discipline, when misbehavior occurs, we ask: what happened, who is responsible, and what punishment needs to be assigned.
Restorative practices can offer teachers and students a foundation with which to build, maintain, and restore relationships. Children are given a voice in helping adults understand the reason behind their actions. Everyone involved can have a shared responsibility and accountability for what has occurred.
Students have been introduced to a list of virtues. These virtues include: Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Integrity, Friendship, Compassion, Truthfulness, Generosity, Unity and Loyalty. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue as: an habitual and firm disposition to do good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself.
To help the students become more engaged in this entire process, Virtue Awards have been created to present to students that are ‘Living Virtue’. Staff members are on the lookout for students practicing virtues. These students are presented with a certificate; their name is put in an end-of-the-month drawing doughnuts with Principal, Mrs. Metzger.