At Copper Mesa Elementary we believe that every student, teacher staff member and community member will practice life skills in order to be their personal best.  At Copper Mesa, a common language and thoughtful lessons are used to promote a deep understanding of these life skills and encourage a community of excellence.  Below, you will find the terms we use regularly and consistently. 

  • Caring - To feel and show concern for others
  • Common Sense - To use good judgment
  • Cooperation - To work together for a common goal or purpose
  • Courage - To act according to one's beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences
  • Curiosity - A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one's world
  • Effort - To do your best
  • Flexibility - To be willing to alter plans when necessary
  • Friendship - To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
  • Initiative - To do something, of one's own free will, because it needs to be done
  • Integrity - To act according to a sense of what's right and wrong
  • Organization - To plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way; keeping things orderly and ready to use
  • Patience - To wait calmly for someone or something
  • Perseverance - To keep at it
  • Pride - Satisfaction from doing one's personal best
  • Problem Solving - To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems
  • Resourcefulness - To respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways
  • Responsibility - To respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one's actions
  • Sense of Humor - To laugh and be playful without harming others


  • Trustworthiness - To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence
  • Truthfulness - To be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others
  • Active Listening - To listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate
  • No Put-Downs - To never use words, actions and/or body language that degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others
  • Personal Best - To do one's best given the circumstances and available resources
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