As a school embedded with Catholic values, academic excellence, and service to others, we teach our students to be successful both in and out of the classroom. The SPS virtue program emphasizes character development through a positive behavior reward system and monthly classroom lessons dedicated to the virtue of the month. The school counselor plans developmentally appropriate lessons to teach in PK through Grade 8. Every classroom has a poster that notes the specific virtue focused on that month as well as what this virtue “looks like” and “sounds like.” This is a visible reminder to students to adopt and practice the virtue.
Students who demonstrate exceptional Christ-like and virtuous behavior may be given a “Cool Cat.” Every grade competes to win the most “Cool Cats” each month. The class with the most “Cool Cats” gets to keep the virtue trophy in their classroom for the month and add a decoration to the trophy. The grade winner of the virtue trophy is announced the last Friday of the month. That class receives a free dress day the following month.