School Culture and Climate

The Great Kindness Challenge

Great Kindness Challenge LogoThe Great Kindness Challenge is a month dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on school campuses nationwide. Our school proudly participates in this proactive bullying prevention initiative. All students receive a GKC checklist with 50 kind deeds. Students are encouraged to complete the checklist and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!

Courteous Cougars

Students are recognized for positive behaviors throughout the week. A drawing is held once a week for all slips collected and the winner receives a prize from the office on Wednesday afternoons.

Proud Principal Fridays

Students are recognized by staff for acts of kindness and showing improvement in academics or behavior. They visit the principal on Fridays to be congratulated for their efforts.

Principal's Lunch Bunch

Each month students who exhibited the character traits of Responsibility are rewarded for being outstanding citizens at school. Students are chosen by their teachers to enjoy lunch with the principal for being exemplary role models.

Honor Roll

Honor Roll is a special accommodation awarded to students who reach certain academic goals throughout the year. You must be in grades 4-6 to be eligible for the program.

  • Gold Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's on their report card and demonstrate satisfactory citizenship (no N's or U's).
  • Silver Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's & B's on their report card and no N's or U's.

Report cards are given out each trimester, so students have three opportunities over the course of the school year to reach Honor Roll.

Perfect Attendance

Students in kindergarten through 6th grade who do not miss a single day of school for any reason will earn a Perfect Attendance Award.

My Name, My Identity

My Name My Identity is a campaign created by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and its Multilingual Education Services team with the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Since each of us is unique, so is our name. Because our name is tied to our identity, we would not wish to have our names changed or mispronounced. When our name is changed or unintentionally mispronounced, it is a misrepresentation of who we are -- because our name represents our identity.

As our world becomes increasingly connected, cross-cultural communication increases. We interact with more people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, many with different languages and ethnicities. Having the ability to effectively communicate with others who are different from ourselves opens up possibilities for deeper understanding and friendship based on mutual respect. It is also an essential skill in the 21st century.
School is a community, which prepares our students to succeed in the global world. To be an effective member of this global world, we can model respect for each other in the school community by learning about each other’s stories, our unique names, and their proper pronunciations.

Objectives of this Campaign
Bring awareness to the importance of respecting one’s name and identity in schools as measured by the number of community members making a pledge to pronounce students’ names correctly
Build a respectful and caring culture in school communities that values diversity as measured by my name stories posted on social media.

Cadwallader Elementary School

  • 3799 Cadwallader Avenue
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  • San Jose, CA 95121
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  • Phone: (408) 270-4950
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  • Fax: (408) 223-4839
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