CCSD Belief Statement
CCSD Belief Statement: We believe that five qualities of moral character are fundamental to human conduct: INTEGRITY, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, COURAGE AND JUSTICE. The other important character traits build on and gain strength from these. Therefore these five must be studied, exemplified, praised and developed, not only in students, but also among staff, in school and out, by all of us. INTEGRITY means ” to thine own self be true, and thou canst not then be false to any man”, it is the ability to be aware of and support what you believe and not change that belief just to “go along”; RESPECT refers to self and to others, to life around us and to the laws which make communities work. Each of us deserves to be taken seriously, and each of us can learn to take our fellow humans seriously. RESPONSIBILITY means that we are responsible for our own actions and the effects they have on ourselves and others; COURAGE refers to the fact that when we face moral or physical dangers we have the strength to face rather than deny those dangers; and finally, JUSTICE requires fairness to others as to one’s self, balancing praise and blame in accord with one’s actions.