The many facets of the Choices program include the following:
Students learn that character “counts.” Through partner and small group activities, the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship are practiced and are part of each student’s day at Pilot.
Students participate in activities that correspond to and build upon optimism and positive thinking. The emphasis is on the development of a healthy expression of feelings, compassion and cooperation, the creative resolution of conflicts, and appreciation of differences.
Social and friendship skills are developed through the “Panther Partners” program. Students of varying ages are paired or grouped together for lunch, recess, and academic support. Many opportunities are scheduled throughout the day to encourage new relationships and to reinforce skills learned.
In collaboration with the Physical Education Department, fitness is promoted by presenting the students with opportunities to be more physically active. The importance of healthy eating and living is also stressed, and the connections between proper nutrition and the benefits of being fit are explored.
Service projects are ongoing throughout the school year and benefit local charities, active military troops, veterans groups, and various children’s organizations throughout the world.
Additional topics presented through Choices include drug and alcohol awareness and abuse prevention, sex education, anti-bullying programs, safety and injury prevention, and self-regulation skills.