Ware middle school students sign Honor Code at ceremony
|Ware Academy students holding the Honor Code above are, from left, Blair Pausic, Quinn Glovier and Julia Goodwin.|
Ware Academy’s middle school students gathered on September 30 and vowed not to lie, cheat or steal. They promised not to give unauthorized assistance on assignments or tests and to respect one another’s privacy and possessions. And, above all else, they swore to encourage others to do what is right and make good choices.
Their promises were made public by signing the Ware Academy Honor Code in front of each other and faculty and staff witnesses.
“This is one of the most serious things you can do,” said Kim Croxton, a Ware Academy middle school teacher who witnessed the signatures and led the students in what was the first group signing of the Honor Code. “You are giving your word. Your honor.”
The signed copy of the Honor Code will be framed and will hang in the Ware Academy halls for the remainder of the year. There are 54 middle school students at Ware Academy this academic year.
Character development is a core piece of the Ware Academy education, said Ginger James, director of admissions. In addition to the honor code, each month the school focuses on a character trait and ways to employ it in everyday life.
September’s focus was trustworthiness. October will feature respect and be followed by responsibility in November, honesty in December, fairness in January, tolerance in February, caring in March, citizenship in April, and perseverance in May.
Ware Academy is located one mile from Main Street in Gloucester’s Historic Courthouse District.