Character education at NPHS supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. District Staff, students and parents participate in activities outlined below to help all students develop important core values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.
Overview of this year’s program include:
Be Today’s Hero kick-off during Week of Respect (morning videos played each day centering on this theme
Violence Awareness Week - played morning video each day centering on concepts of bullying, empathy, acceptance, tolerance, etc. All videos produced by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. School-wide fundraiser for PACER. Homeroom raising the most donation $ received a breakfast catered by NP Bagel Cafe.
Spirit Week - Each day during Spirit Week coincided with anti-bullying awareness themes. The themes were as follows: Oct. 31 - "Scare away bullying" (Halloween); Nov. 1 - "Put bullying to sleep" (Pajama day); Nov. 2 - "Real Upstanders wear pink" (Wear pink day); Nov. 3 - "Make America bully free" (USA day); Nov. 4 - "Color out Cancer" (Class colors day [All faculty/staff wore ORANGE on class colors day to support anti-bullying messages of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center])
Reviresco Presentations to entire student body (during each period’s Health/PE classes). Messages centering on how to better communicate with veterans. Reviresco “chapter” adopted by Future Civic Leaders (FCL) club.
Pioneers 4 Lucas day hosted during varsity football game. Money raised for children’s brain tumor foundation. Celebrate Lucas Reiling on this day as an honorary captain/member of the NP varsity football team (second year doing this).
Field Trip to UC Step (Youth Leadership Conference for Union County sophomores/juniors). 10 students from Character Education team attended. “Kans for Kids” adopted as the countywide initiative following this event
3rd Annual Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. Raising awareness and taking pledges within the community to stop the use of the “R” word (retarted). Banner created and disseminated to each of the district schools for students to take the pledge. NP vs. GL boys’ basketball game - all tickets were disseminated via silicon “STWTETW” wristbands. Half of ticket proceeds donated to Special Olympics. STWTETW shirts sold at the event with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics. Half-time exhibition game between Special Olympics basketball team (NJ Tomahawks) and NPHS girls varsity team. Following the game, NP boys’ varsity basketball team and the NJ Tomahawks sat and had dinner together.
Read Across America - 15 students attended AWR in the AM and 20 students attended SB in the PM to work with elementary school students on their reading. Books were read aloud to the high school students, and high school students read stories back to the elementary school students.
Upcoming Character Education Events will include:
Trip to Community Food Bank of NJ
Trip to NP Senior Center
Trip to Children’s Specialized Hospital
Chorus Co-Op between NPHS Chorus and ECLC of Chatham chorus
FCL students working with ECLC students as “pen pals”
ECLC Field Day with FCL students
NPHS Blood Drive
YMCA night (Swim/Game night for students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers)
“Kans for Kids” drive/fundraiser
Trip to Salt Brook during elementary school field day