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Trustworthiness : Blue
Think "true blue"

Respect : Yellow/Gold
Think the Golden Rule

Responsibility : Green
Think being responsible for a garden or finances; or as in being solid and reliable like an oak

Fairness : Orange
Think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends

Caring : Red
Think of a heart

Citizenship : Purple
Think regal purple as representing the state

Jason Schriver leads Hillrise Elementary in Character Counts education. He works with students weekly in whole groups, small groups, and with individuals.

Along with building character, Mr. Schriver also leads peer mediation groups to solve conflict resolution.

Character Counts


  • Be honest
  • Don't deceive, cheat, or steal
  • Be reliable - do what you'll say you will do
  • Have courage to do the right thing
  • Build a good reputation
  • Be loyal


  • Play by the rules
  • Take turns and share
  • Be open-minded; listen to others
  • Don't take advantage of others
  • Don't blame others carelessly


  • Be kind
  • Be compassionate and show you care
  • Express gratitude
  • Forgive others
  • Help people in need


  • Treat others with respect
  • Be tolerant of differences
  • Use good manners, not bad language
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others
  • Don't threaten, hit, or hurt anyone
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


  • Do what you are supposed to do
  • Persevere: keep on trying
  • Always do your best
  • Use self-control: be self-disciplined
  • Think before you act - consider the consequences
  • Be accountable for your choices


  • Do your share to make your school and community better
  • Cooperate
  • Stay informed; vote
  • Be a good neighbor
  • Obey laws and rules
  • Respect authority
  • Protect the environment

Each month there will be a chosen Character Count word....teachers have a classroom box to place entries for a monthly drawing from students names placed in the box displaying the traits of the monthly word.  All other entries will be placed in a drawing at the end of the school year.   In addition, we hold a Hillrise Career Day in the spring, we would like you to come to school and make a presentation about your chosen career - if you are interested in doing this please let me know.    Please feel free to contact me about any other topics we support.


Rebekah Martinez, MA, LLPC


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Character Counts

It is time to hold on to what we have and love it stronger than ever before. Newton's children and teachers are our teachers, our heroes.
Our Thoughts &Prayers for the Sandy Hook Elementary School community.

Here are resources you might find helpful for talking to children about violence and death: 

An excellent Q-and-A about talking to children about the Sandy Hook shootings from The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. 
National Association of School Psychologists on Talking to Children About Violence
Explaining the news to our kids from Common Sense Media.
And this wonderful advice from Mr. Rogers:
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
No matter how experienced the helpers, their lives have been changed. Thank them. Pray for them.

Talking Violence NASP (English)
Talking Violence NASP (Spanish)