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Virtues celebrated at Frederick Classical

Alike for the nation and the individual, the one indispensable requisite is character—character that does and dares as well as endures, character that is active in the performance of virtue no less than firm in the refusal to do aught that is vicious or degraded.    - Theodore Roosevelt, 1900

Virtue, by definition, is the moral excellence of a person. A morally excellent person has a character made-up of virtues valued as good. He/she is honest, respectful, courageous, forgiving, and kind, for example. Because of these virtues or positive character traits, he or she is committed to doing the right thing no matter what the personal cost, and does not bend to impulses, urges or desires, but acts according to values and principles. Virtues need to be cultivated to become more prevalent and habitual in daily life. With the habit of being more virtuous, we take the helm of our own life, redirecting its course towards greater fulfillment, peace and joy. Virtues are universal and recognized by all cultures as basic qualities necessary for our well-being and happiness. They are necessary because when we practice virtues and build the “character muscle,” we will attract what may have been missing in our life such as fulfilling relationships, achievement of meaningful goals, and happiness. The moment we declare, “I am persevering to achieve this goal in spite of all obstacles, self-doubt and fear,” a shift occurs where we naturally become more focused, determined, and courageous, leading us to success.

Frederick Classical Charter School works to cultivate virtues in our students. We focus on seven virtues and students will not only hear about them, but also see the virtues related to course content. As we learn about history and read various pieces of literature, we will identify the virtues that the historical figures and characters displayed and the many ways of how those virtues helped them. We encourage families to become familiar with the guiding virtues that we focus on and integrate conversations and daily life around them at home. As adults, it is imperative that we model our expectations of students and strive to display virtuous behavior every day, in every way.

The focused virtues for FCCS include:

  • Love - The bestowing of unconditional love and having a positive impact on the lives of others, showing a genuine concern for the good of others, with unselfish acts of kindness such as compassion, caring, thoughtfulness, service, and other humanitarian and noble actions.

  • Humility - The quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.; never bragging or boastful (especially to make others feel poorly of themselves).

  • Courage - Bravery in the face of fear or uncertainty, doing the right thing even when it is hard or scary, trying new things, and admitting mistakes.

  • Temperance - The practice of moderation, self-control, and self-discipline in all things.

  • Constancy - The state of being fixed, unchangeable, steadfast, stable, persevering, faithful; is staying power; not giving up, but keeping on

  • Diligence - Working hard and doing your absolute best; taking special care by doing things step by step.

  • Patience - Waiting without complaint, ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset, enduring discomfort without complaint, taking turns without complaint.

Sources:
http://www.virtuesforlife.com/what-are-virtues/
FCCS Parent and Student Handbook revised August 2017