In an effort to create a more personal environment and give direction to
students in achieving positive educational, career and personal-social
goals, Monarch K-8 staff and students established the ICARE Philosophy.
ICARE represents traits we value and strive to demonstrate in our daily
lives. Those traits are: Integrity, Community, Altruism, Respect, and
Excellence. We hope that by focusing on these character traits we will
all become better people – that we will be active participants in a
safer, more caring community. On a regular basis staff recognizes
students by giving them an ICARE “Mighty Mustang” award which can
entered by the student into our weekly drawings for a variety of prizes
to choose from on our weekly television announcements.
ICARE is delivered in a variety of ways – through daily discussions,
curriculum, school-wide projects and special events. Examples of some
ICARE activities include: No Place For Hate (non-bullying strategies,
ally building, and role play), team development through games,
assemblies, writing activities and surveys, lots of class discussions
and many more.
We believe that these specific ICARE values, when honored in a firm and
consistent fashion, will promote a school environment which supports
learning to the greatest degree possible with the least amount of
disruption. We have found that with an emphasis on ICARE traits, we
have fewer discipline issues and a greater understanding of what an
appropriate, caring community looks like. We strongly believe that
students have the right to be treated with respect and to participate in
their learning without unnecessary distractions. Students who
demonstrate these traits experience success and a sense of
accomplishment. Students who do not demonstrate these traits often find
themselves frustrated and facing unpleasant consequences.
As a result of a yearlong ICARE activity, students and staff worked
together to compose the Monarch K-8 Code of Conduct. This code is an
integral part of Monarch K-8 culture.