Peck’s Individual Development and Community Responsibility (InDeCoRe) program guides our efforts to promote positive character development throughout our community.
In partnership with parents, we teach, model, and discuss the moral values that fortify character. Every trimester, we focus on one of our six core values: Respect, Loyalty, Perseverance, Empathy, Responsibility, and Honesty. For our younger students, we place these values in the context of self, family, and school. What, for example, does respect look like at the lunch table? For our older students, we consider these values in the local and global communities. How is respect part of a heated political debate?
In addition to teaching about values, we expect to see those values in action, in developmentally appropriate social behaviors. Report cards reflect a student’s progress on the “Consideration of Others” rubric. In all situations we encourage students to reflect upon and take responsibility for their actions and choices.
Character is about communities as well as individuals, so we create opportunities for our community to develop character. During Table Talk Tuesdays, every lunch table discusses a relevant topic that highlights a moral dilemma and helps children in different grades articulate how they see a situation. The Reach Across Program brings Lower School and Upper School students together and every grade’s curriculum includes community service projects. We schedule a Kairos Family Night each trimester; “kairos” is a Greek word meaning a time when routine is suspended and meaningful memories are formed from simple events. Kairos Nights encourage families to take a break from their busy schedules, power-down the electronics, connect, interact, and make memories.
At Peck, sports are an additional means to build a strong moral character in our students and in our community. The Department of Athletics consistently emphasizes teamwork and good sportsmanship. Whether learning skills, competing in intramurals, cheering from the sidelines, or competing interscholastically, Peck students practice respect, loyalty, perseverance, empathy, responsibility, and honesty on and off the field.
Peck spirit comes through in other activities as well. Through the Peck InDeCoRe Club, students identify their own leaders and leaders throughout the world who embody our core values and serve as role models.