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Character Education



We will continue to instill the values expressed in our Gopher Code. Through our current OUSD and site specific initiatives, students learn to respect themselves, others, and the environment; value differences, interact positively, and be a contributing member of our school community.

Our Gopher Code states:
Take care of yourself, Take care of each other, Take care of our community!

The following are our current and character and community building initiatives.



Aug/Sept - Respect

Oct - Responsibility

Nov - Caring and Kindness

Dec - Perseverance

Jan - Positive Attitude

Feb - Empathy

March - Integrity

April - May - Trust

Students are acknowledged at a monthly Character Trait Award Assembly.



In order to foster a sense of school spirit and community, many upper grade classes select a primary class as buddy class. Activities are planned by the teachers, which often involve the older buddy assisting the younger student in art, science, or creative writing project. It is a program, which promotes understanding between older and younger children and helps enhance self-esteem for both.


This community outreach program is designed to promote a sense of community and instill the values of giving back and helping others. CHC provides an avenue for Glorietta students, families and staff to help students at a nearby school with fewer resources.


Students earn Gopher Gold Cards for “doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” Students take one copy home and the other is turned into the office.  One classroom winner will be drawn and announced during the weekly Announcements and earns a classroom reward.


Selected fifth grade students will provide assistance during morning drop-off. After receiving training, Safety Patrol monitors will be assigned to a weekly AM shift, and will be responsible for greeting and guiding students as they arriving to school. 


The Think First program is aligned with our instruction of character education that focuses on developing positive character traits in students. Students, grades K-5, participate in small group discussions to learn decision making skills. Students are given specific strategies for problem solving and dealing with empathy and anger. Fourth and fifth grade students are given additional information related to tobacco and alcohol abuse. The program is taught by trained parent docents or classroom teachers. Their instruction is based upon supplemental lessons developed by the publishers of Think First. 

Note: Click HERE for the District flyer on Think First.