Welcome to the Centerville Middle School Character Counts Webpage!

Through the Character Counts Program at CMS, students are encouraged to develop and show these important traits:

Leadership, kindness, honesty, perseverance, respect, responsibility, courage and sportsmanship. Each marking period students are honored for exemplifying these character traits. In the Character Counts display case outside the library, students are on display for displaying good character! Middle school is the perfect place to put the Character Count Program traits to use.

Got Character? Bring It!

Students! You are invited to share with us your thoughts on the following Rudyard Kipling poem. Please read the following poem and pick out the line or lines that means the most to you. When you are done please use the form at the bottom of the page to share your thoughts on the meaning of the lines you selected.


by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Works Cited

Kipling, Rudyard. "If." Archive of Classic Poems. 2009. Celendy Communications. 26 October 2009.


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