MLE recognizes students for their best qualities


Luke Kocher, a Monticello native and cross country bicyclist who recently tackled the 3,000-mile Bike Across America Race spoke with MLE students about the word stamina last month. (Photos submitted)

There are some innovative activities going on at Maple Lake Elementary School and one of them is the Character Word of the Month.
Character Word of the Month is a school-wide focus on a single word that not only broadens vocabulary, but teaches about character and citizenship.
The school kicks off each month with a five-minute presentation from someone who epitomizes that month’s word, then teachers go back to their classrooms and build activities around it, MLE counselor Lisa Weninger said. Finally, staff choose one student from their class or grade that best fits the character word. Their picture is taken and posted on a monthly character bulletin board at the entry of the school and they are that month’s “shining star” students.

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