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News from Polson School District No. 23

Polson School District staff and students are coming together this year to “be kind,” “be strong” and “be well.” Through the implementation of the CharacterStrong (grades 6-12) and PurposeFull People (grades PK-5) curricula, our students are learning the value of character traits like respect, responsibility, gratitude, empathy, perseverance, honesty, cooperation, courage and creativity. CharacterStrong is a PreK-12th grade digital platform designed to build social and emotional competence, develop character and cultivate strong educator-student relationships. This district-wide initiative revolves around three key outcomes: increasing a sense of belonging for all students, improving skills that support student well-being, and deepening student engagement in their academics, in their school and in their community.  

The CharacterStrong initiative will continue to help our school community as we engage in the work of preparing our young people to thrive in the 21st century. Through these efforts, we aim to increase student’s academic success and college and career readiness. The lessons focus on developing skills and mindsets around building positive habits, understanding our emotions, improving teamwork and increasing empathy. Implementation of the content looks a bit different at each grade level based on the developmental needs of the students. CSKT Tribal Education and the Project AWARE grant have helped to support implementation of CharacterStrong in Polson, Ronan and St. Ignatius school districts, allowing for cross-district collaboration, exciting professional development opportunities and ongoing dialogue between educators on how best to support students.

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