Character Counts Character Counts

Richmond has adopted the Character Counts Program to help provide character education for students while reinforcing positive behaviors and citizenship. 

Goals of the Character Counts Program

1. Enable students to recognize and manage their emotions.
2. Help students develop care and concern for others.
3. Assist students in establishing positive relationships with others.
4. Give students the ability to handle challenging situations effectively.

Our School Emphasizes the Six Pillars of Character

Six Pillars

Treat others with respect: Follow the Golden Rule
Be tolerant of differences
Use good manners, not bad language! Be considerate of the feelings of others! Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone
Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


Do what you are supposed to do
Persevere; Keep on trying!
Always do you best
Use self control
Be self disciplined
Think before you act-consider the consequences
Be accountable for your choices.


Play by the rules
Take turns and share
Be open-minded; Listen to others
Don't take advantage of others
Don't blame others carelessly


Be honest
Don't deceive, cheat, or steal
Be reliable
Do what you say you will do
Have the courage to do the right thing
Build a good reputation


Be kind
Be compassionate and show you care
Express gratitude
Forgive others
Help people in need

Do your share to make your school and community better
Stay informed; Vote
Be a good neighbor!
Obey laws and rules
Respect authority
Protect the environment

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

Richmond has also implemented a Positive Behavior Support Program that works in tandem with our Character Counts Program.

PBIS is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide discipline based on a RtI model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. 

The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools in over 40 states, resulting in dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Data-based decision making is a hallmark of PBIS, allowing successes to be easily shared with all relevant stakeholders.

Read more about PBIS


The Appleton Area School District (AASD) is committed to providing students with a safe, secure, and healthy school environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. 

The Board of Education considers bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process and is prohibited. Education, intervention, awareness, and prevention exists for staff and students to ensure a learning environment that is free of bullying or intimidation.

To report an incident of bullying behavior, please complete the Bullying Allegation Report Form and submit to the appropriate building administrator/designee.

Read more about Bullying Prevention and Response in the AASD