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8 Keys Monthly Plan





September -- This is It
October – Ownership
November – Speak with Good Purpose
December – Commitment
January – Failure Leads to Success
February – Integrity
March – Flexibility
April -- Balance  

Community and Faith-Based Partnership Opportunities




The Oceanside Unified School District is proud to partner with numerous local and regional business and community organizations.  This includes a variety of faith-based groups who share the sentiment of enhancing charater education in our young people.  Click Business Partners or Faith-Based Partners to view a list of the groups and individuals who have already joined forces in our Kids First Initiative.   

How YOU Can Get Involved

Copy of Kids First logo x600px.jpg School district and strong community ties go hand in hand!  Schools need community partners to help enhance our educational mission.  Communities rely on our schools to produce future leaders and workers who possess great character.

If you or someone you know, either an individual or an organization, would be a good fit to become a community partner with our Kids First initiative, please contact OUSD Intervention Manager Tim Ware.

Tim Ware
OUSD Intervention Manager

Navigating Excellence Binder Checkout- Elementary

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Navigating Excellence Binder - Middle School

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Navigating Excellence Binder

Join the 8 Keys Canvas Course (for teachers only)

OUSD Kids First: Safety, Wellness, Character Development

Mission Statement

The mission of Oceanside Unified School District's Kids First Initiative is to develop positive relationships that will influence good health, wellbeing , and character development in students, families and the community; ensuring that every student graduates and has the ability to succeed in the global community. 

OUSD Kids First...Changing the World with Character

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Laurel Elementary Perfroms the 8 Keys Rhymes for Hall of Fame Ceremony

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Garrison's Got Character

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North Terrace and Ms. Monroe's Class Make Every Moment "This Is It!"

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Failure Leads to Opportunities for Growth for these OUSD Students

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"Integrity" is the Name of the Game for Nichols ES

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"Commitment" is Key for OHS Pirates for Change (watch video)

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McAuliffe Students Master the Art of Speaking with Good Purpose (watch video)

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Excellence Through Leadership Partner Contribution Ideas

Ideas for Successful 8 Keys Implementation

  • Live and model the 8 Keys of Excellence
  • Implement the 8 Keys into your organization
  • Place a “We Choose Excellence” seal on your website
  • Link your website to www.learningforum.org
  • Provide meaningful involvement to schools
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  • Share knowledge about managing and leadership
  • Engage in meaningful conversations: Support, ideas…
  • Give a “Key Talk”
  • Be a guest speaker – share real world experiences
  • Donate time, talents, equipment
  •  Help raise money for 8 Keys curriculum and projects

Review and Celebrate!

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Speak with Good Purpose

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Think before you speak. Make sure your intention is positive and your words are sincere. 


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Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say. Be sincere and real.  


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Learn from mistakes

View failures as feedback that provides you with the information you need to learn, grow, and succeed. 


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Make the most of every moment

Focus your attention on the present moment. Keep a positive attitude. 


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Make your dreams happen

Take positive action. Follow your vision without wavering. 


Take responsibility for actions

Be responsible for your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. “Own” the choices you make and the results that follow. 


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Be willing to do things differently

Recognize what’s not working and be willing to change what you’re doing to achieve your goal. 


Live your best life        

Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment comes when your mind, body, and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.