Mission, Vision and Character
The Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) mission and vision were updated in March 2015 after an extensive consultation process with our Board of Trustees, students, staff, parents and communities. Our mission and vision outline what we do and what we want to achieve, and provide direction for the board’s strategic plan.
We inspire and empower learning for life
A community of learners achieving full potential
Commit to Character Attributes
Our Board’s values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. The SCDSB’s ten Commit to Character attributes were selected through consultation with community leaders, organizations and school communities to reflect what Simcoe County communities consider important. These attributes are addressed, taught and modelled in all SCDSB elementary and secondary schools.
Integrity – we act justly and honourably in all that we do.
Responsibility – we are accountable for our actions and we follow through on commitments.
Cooperation – we work together towards shared goals and purposes.
Caring – we show kindness towards each other.
Respect – we treat ourselves, others and the environment with consideration and dignity.
Optimism – we maintain a positive attitude and have hope for the future.
Honesty – we behave in a sincere, trustworthy and truthful manner.
Empathy – we strive to understand and appreciate the feelings and actions of others.
Courage – we do the right thing even when it’s difficult.
Inclusiveness – we include everyone in what we do and value their contributions.
Character Education is a deliberate effort to nurture universal attributes that transcend racial, religious, socio-economic and cultural lines. It is a whole school effort to create a community that promotes the highest standards of student discipline and citizenship. Read a backgrounder on our Character Education program.
Download our Commit to Character poster
Students from ten SCDSB elementary schools composed songs in collaboration with singer-songwriter Gregg Lawless highlighting each of our Commit to Character attributes. Read the lyrics.
Exploring Leadership Camp
Watch this video to learn more about the Exploring Leadership Camp, a 4-day retreat based around student leadership and the SCDSB's Commit to Character traits. The students that attend learn about themselves and what they are capable of, and bring their ideas back to their schools to make positive changes.