13 Virtues

Thirteen Virtues

Temperance – Control is the key to improvement. Keep your words, actions, and temper in control. (April)
Silence – There is a time and place to speak up and a time to listen. You learn more by listening than speaking. (September)
Order – All things have their place. Keep your work area in order; keep your day in order. (October)
Resolution – Keep your word. When you have a task, get it done. Turn in your homework on time and be prepared. (January)
Frugality – Be frugal. Do not waste the school’s resources. Respect what you have been given. Reduce, reuse, recycle. (December)
Industry – Keep on task. There is a time for work and a time for play – do both with a good attitude. (April)
Sincerity – Be kind. Say kind words and treat others as you want to be treated. Encourage each other to succeed. (November)
Justice – Be respectful. Give everyone a chance to work or play. Give others a chance to express themselves. Share. Remember that others are counting on you, so live up to your duty. (September)
Moderation – Keep yourself in balance. Focus both on accomplishing things in which you excel and those you do not. Try new things. (May)
Cleanliness – Keep yourself and your work area clean. Keep your uniform clean. Keep your school clean. Keep your words clean. (October)
Tranquility – Keep yourself from reacting poorly to others. People are not perfect and the world is not fair. Learn to deal with both despite imperfections. Be patient. (March)
Purity – Be pure in thought and deed. White lies, a little gossip, and small, mean words are painful and say more about you than about others. What you think about others is how you will treat them. Develop good thoughts and feelings toward all. (February)
Humility – Be mindful of others before yourself. Treat them as you want to be treated. Think about how you can help others before being asked. Let others speak when it is their turn. (November)

Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin has been called America’s founding Renaissance Man.  He was exceptionally well-rounded and he excelled in many different fields of endeavor.   One of our goals is to develop children like him.  So who was Ben Franklin?

  • Statesman, politician and ambassador
  • Inventor of bifocals, the Franklin stove, and an odometer
  • Scientist that lead to discoveries in the field of electricity among others
  • Soldier in the American Revolutionary war
  • Civic activist
  • Author and founder of the library system
  • Printer
  • Musician
  • Founder of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Advocate for self-improvement through his 13 virtues
  • Signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution