SCHOOL CULTURE

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Everyone needs a goal to pursue, something to work towards, or a vision to live up to. Students at St. James School enter each day working to adhere to their Lower School (REACH) and Upper School (AGAPE) codes. Just as easy as it is to receive an infraction point by doing the wrong thing, students must work hard to earn REACH or AGAPE points by living up to the elements below.

UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 7 & 8)

AGAPE

“Agape is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. When you rise to love on this level, you love all…not because you like them, not because their ways appeal to you, but you love them because God loves them. This is what Jesus meant when he said love your enemies.”

As defined by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Agape-web-ClassPostersADAPTABILITY

  • Be flexible: when life doesn’t go as expected be willing and able to adopt “Plan B”
  • Show respect and be open minded to those who are different
  • Change is a part of growth
  • Think about what is really important in life

GRATITUDE

  • Be thankful for all you’ve been given in life
  • Recognize what other people do for you and pay it forward
  • Say “thank you” and do something nice to show your appreciation
  • Respect the natural environment and all of its animals

AWARENESS

  • Think about what behaviors or actions teachers expect of you
  • Find solutions to conflicts and show that you care about the feelings of others
  • Be sensitive and find ways to show you care about people other than your close friends
  • Identify what emotions you feel and respond in a mature way

PATIENCE

  • Show love for all people even when you dislike their actions
  • Allow others to speak without interrupting
  • Keep your temper in check, use coping mechanisms
  • Stay committed to your goals

EXCELLENCE

  • Finish what you start, even when frustrated
  • Do the right things especially when you don’t want to
  • Do the best you can with what you’ve been given
  • Try hard even after experiencing failure

LOWER SCHOOL (Grades 5 & 6)

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RESPONSIBLE

  • Be prepared every day – come to school on time and in uniform
  • Take ownership of your actions, do not blame others
  • Handle disagreements maturely
  • Know what is expected of you in every situation

ENTHUSIASTIC

  • Try new games, food, and activities even if you haven’t liked them in the past
  • Show your classmates and teachers praise when they do well
  • Find something to look forward to each class
  • Believe that effort will improve your future

ATTENTIVE

  • Demonstrate good listening skills, eye contact and posture
  • Notice when your classmates are feeling down and build them up
  • Be full of thought, consider the consequences of your choices, words and actions
  • Find a way to say please and thank you

CURIOUS

  • Come to school ready to learn everyday
  • Read all directions, participate in class, ask questions
  • Be creative, take risks, don’t be afraid to fail
  • Always read your DEAR book when you have free time

HARDWORKING

  • Homework — Just do it!
  • Have a “no excuses” attitude
  • Go above and beyond what is asked
  • Set goals and make a plan to achieve them