Character Counts

  • STMA is dedicated to teaching and living the Six Pillars of Character in our schools and community.

    Image of Six Pillars each one labelled with Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, fairness, Caring, Citizenship

    CHARACTER COUNTS! is a service mark of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.

    Below is the month in which each pillar will be focused district-wide. All students, staff, parents, and community members are encouraged to wear the colors listed in parentheses.

    Color Days are the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Dates are listed on the school calendar.

    • September - Introduce / Overview (Wear All CHARACTER COUNTS! colors)
    • October - Trustworthiness (Blue)
    • November - Respect (Yellow)
    • December - Review / Celebrate (Wear All CHARACTER COUNTS! colors)
    • January - Responsibility (Green)
    • February - Fairness (Orange)
    • March - Caring (Red)
    • April - Citizenship (Purple)
    • May - Review / Celebrate (Wear All CHARACTER COUNTS! colors)

    Six Pillars


    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


    Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant 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


    Do what you are supposed to do • 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 choices


    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


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


    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