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Building A Cavalier

Building a Cavalier

In both 7th and 8th grade, all students are exposed to our Building a Cavalier course on a cyclical basis.  Once every 6 days, students remain in homerooms and participate in a lesson related to career and college readiness, digital citizenship, and leadership.  

  • The Career and College Readiness curriculum was developed by our Guidance department and consists of 4 structured lessons per year.  It also provides various assemblies and opportunities for students to interact with professionals within the community and students enrolled in the Vo-Tech curriculum at KAHS who are willing to share educational and career experiences.  
  • Partnered with Common Sense Education, our elective staff has worked to produce a Digital Citizenship curriculum that provides students a strong foundation in appropriate online behavior.  This experience consists of 5 structured lessons in both 7th and 8th grade and focuses on preparing students for the digital world. Sample topics include digital footprints, cyberbullying, and appropriate use of social media.
  • Headed by Mr. Robert Traugh, the final component of our curriculum is Leadership.  Students participate in 4 lessons per year related to citizenship and leadership both in the school setting and the outside world.  Mr. Traugh highlights areas such as determination, grit, empathy, and selflessness.

Students who master the three topics outlined in our Building a Cavalier course and display positive behaviors related to those areas are rewarded through our digital badging program.  The following are the badges students are eligible to receive from faculty and staff at KAIS:



Criteria (General Description)

Career/College Readiness


Career and College Readiness means that students have the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for the post-secondary job training for their chosen careers and/or succeed in a post-secondary field of study in an accredited institution.  Students in this category involve themselves in processes and activities that prepare them for life after high school.

Digital Citizenship


Being a good digital citizen is more than knowing your way around the web. It's about connecting and collaborating in ways you didn't even know were possible.  Students who are good digital citizens support and model safe and responsible technology use, and help others navigate cyber bullying, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas.



A good leader is someone that does the right thing regardless of what others are doing around them. They are consistent in making the right choices. They are self-motivated and accountable for their actions.  Good leaders will hold themselves to a higher standard. These individuals display a contagious positive attitude and lead by example.



Making improvements or going above and beyond what is expected in the classroom. These individuals are creative and innovative when completing assignments. They take pride in their work and are constantly striving for perfection. These individuals are always challenging themselves to be the best that they can be. Scholars are constantly seeking knowledge to better themselves as well as the world around them.