Heyburn Elementary School
The “Lumberjacks” Behavior plan
“Work Hard, Do Your Best, and Be Kind”
I want to take some time to describe our school wide behavior plan. We believe that
this plan reinforces our philosophy of providing a positive learning environment which
maximizes instructional time for all of our students. We believe that our behavior program
will foster an environment of kindness and mutual respect that is conducive to learning
where teachers can teach and students can learn.
Our plan is called the “Lumberjack Pride” Behavior Plan since each day weremind our students to show their
. We are taking time during the first two months of school to teach this plan to our
students. We have formally begun the program on the first day of school.
In order to keep our program consistent across all grade levels, we will be
implementing a school-wide Discipline Curriculum called “Time to Teach” in grades 1
which is based on fair and positive interactions with students and teachers.
Research has indicated that parental involvement is essential for any behavior plan to
be effective. Our school mission statement is “Children of today…Leaders of tomorrow.”
We believe that by working together, we can more effectively help our students to be
successful, learn to their fullest potential and have Lumberjack Pride each and every day. In
order to make certain that all parents have a copy of the plan, we ask that you sign the
insert and return it to your child’s teacher. Please review and discuss our school Behavior
Plan with your child. Let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Connie Mavity, Principal
At Heyburn Elementary School, we believe that every student and staff member has the right to be I. Lumberjack Pride School Wide Focus (Board Policy 502.2) in a school environment where he/she feels safe, respected, and protected. To ensure this, we focus on Working Hard, Doing Your Best and Being Kind each day.
We will work to raise our students’ awareness about which types of behavior are respectful and
which are inappropriate or show disrespect. Students should strive to do their best and be their
best while at school. We ask that students show respect at all times while at school. This
includes to/from school, at the bus stop, on the bus, in the hallways, during lunch, while at
recess, on field trips, during assemblies, and while in class.
II. SHOWING LUMBERJACK PRIDE IN THE CLASSROOM
Our objective and intent is to ensure that all students are safe, comfortable, and are not being
distracted from learning while at school.
III. SHOWING LUMBERJACK PRIDE THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL
? On the Bus - Please talk to your child about proper behavior on the school bus. Students
should stay in their seats, keep hands to themselves, maintain safe behavior at bus stop,
not run in street, and never throw objects. There are additional bus rules in the Code of
Behavior. If students cannot conduct themselves appropriately while on the bus, they may
be suspended from the bus. Bus riding is a privilege.
? In the Cafeteria - We expect students to have good manners in the cafeteria. School rules
also apply in the cafeteria. Students should use polite manners, remain seated, walk at all
times, sit at assigned tables, and raise their hands. Students who break cafeteria rules or
disturb others may be sent to the quiet table where they will remain to eat the rest of their
lunch in quiet. We will explain our cafeteria behavior plan to the students.
? In the Hallways - The hallway is considered a Quiet Zone. Students are expected to be quiet
while walking or waiting in the hallway so that they do not disturb students in other classes.
? In the Restroom - Students should be respectful of one another and school property while
using the restroom. No horseplay or vandalism is permitted. Students should be quiet and
respect the privacy of others. The restroom is not a play area and is not to be used for social
? On the Playground - Students should continue to remember their Lumberjack Pride while at
recess. In addition, students should remember that recess should be a fun time. It is
important that students play fair and not roughly with other students. Inappropriate words,
actions and behavior will not be tolerated outside the building just as they would not be
tolerated in the building.
? Walking Home – Students should demonstrate Lumberjack Pride while walking to and from
school each day.
IV. CHARACTER COUNTS
The teaching of character education in Idaho public schools became mandatory and the Idaho
State Board of Education approved criteria for character education. Character traits as defined in
the Code of Idaho include:
1. Trustworthiness: including honesty, integrity, reliability, and loyalty.
2. Respect: including the precepts of the Golden Rule, tolerance, and courtesy;
3. Responsibility, including hard work, economic self-reliance, accountability, diligence,
perseverance, and self-control.
4. Fairness: including justice, consequences of bad behavior, principals of non-discrimination,
and freedom from prejudice.
5. Caring: including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, generosity, and charity.
6. Citizenship: including patriotism, the Pledge of Allegiance, respect for the American flag,
concern for the common good, respect for authority and the law, and community-mindedness.
It has become imperative that, as educators, we nourish and cultivate the emotional and social
development of our students as well as their academic development. We are faced daily with
compelling evidence and information, through news reports, educational statistics, and our own
awareness of the changing fabric of society, which emphasizes the need for character education
programs within schools. By incorporating these skills, ideas and activities into our students’
educational program, we feel there will also be an increase of student academic success.
Students will understand their role and responsibility in their education as well as the education
of others and see the value and strengths that they and others possess.
V. BULLYING BEHAVIOR
At Heyburn, we will not tolerate Bullying Behavior and have a No Bullying Policy (Board
Policy 502.14). Many of the behaviors that we witness between students can be classified as
bully types of behavior. We want our students to feel safe and comfortable at school so they can
be focused on learning to their fullest potential every day. We have identified the following
behaviors as bullying behavior: pushing, hitting, kicking, pulling, hurting, slapping,
inappropriately touching, spitting, stealing, destroying property, gossiping, spreading
rumors, embarrassing others, ethnic slurs, name calling, taunting, humiliating, excluding from
group, dirty and hurtful looks and gestures, putdowns, teasing, telling others you won’t be their
friend, threatening, intimidating, harassing, pressuring or making others do things they don’t
want to do, writing unflattering letters, notes, stories or emails about others, and drawing
unflattering pictures of others.
We believe an effective discipline plan must provide instruction to students indicating which behaviors should be avoided. It is important that all of our students learn to accept responsibility for their actions VI. INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS AND CONSEQUENCESand understand that there are consequences for inappropriate behaviors. We believe that most discipline situations can be resolved in the classroom with the help of teachers, students and parents. However, if a problem continues, it will be necessary to send the student to the office with a discipline referral. We
also recognize that some students may need an individual behavior plan. The administration, guidance counselor, teachers, parents, and students will develop these, if necessary. We have identified and divided inappropriate behaviors below in increasingly serious levels in order to more effectively help students understand which actions are not appropriate for school.
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 ? Name-calling/teasing Inappropriate gestures/body language Hitting/kicking/slapping/pinching/ Hair pulling ??? Embarrassing others Put downs/insults/degrading remarks Spitting/ pushing ????? Pictures/notes during instruction Back talk/muttering under breath Throwing things ??? Disruptive behavior in the classroom Defiance/Arguing with teacher Stealing ??? Inappropriate running Lying Obscene language/gesture/Ethnic slur ??? Disregarding/ignoring requests Profanity Harassing/bullying behavior/Repeated Verbal assault ??? Interrupting during lessons Cheating Threatening others ??? Excessive talking Pulling on others/putting hands on each other Disruptive behavior that endangers others ??? Not following directions/Off task Possession of inappropriate material Fighting ??? Incomplete/missing home/class work Disruptive behavior that endangers property Vandalism/damaging property ? ? Vulgarities - Something said in poor taste. Graffiti—using a permanent medium on school property ?? Careless use of property Inappropriate touching ? Drugs/weapons ???
Below is a list of possible consequences.
? Teacher/student conference
? Classroom time out (Refocus) allows the student to reflect on behavior and think about better
? Loss of recess time
? Teacher/Parent conference/phone call
? Review definition and rule
? Refer student to school counselor
? Student writes note to parent acknowledging the inappropriate behavior to be signed by a parent ? Lunch in office
? Detention—after school ? Loss of field trips, assemblies and other special events
? In-school/Out of school suspension (Board Policy 502.2)
Major Offenses--There are a number of major offenses which will require immediate
removal from class, a discipline referral to the administration and/or in-house
suspension or out of school suspension.
? Drug and weapon violations - The Code of Behavior (Board Policy 502.3) outlines
procedures and consequences dealing with these issues.
? Running out of the classroom/building (running away from an adult)
? Stealing from a teacher or student
? Hitting or kicking an adult or another student
? Throwing objects which could harm or injure
? Challenging/deliberate disrespect to an adult
? Fist fighting/hitting, kicking in an aggressive manner
? Swearing/threatening an adult/student
? Deliberate destruction of property
? Deliberate spitting on a person
? Verbal threats which could harm an adult, a student, or property (Bullying, Harassment,
Threats against school/student)
We have an after school detention program. Teachers and administrators can assign students to
detention. Detention is designed to help students think and reflect about their behavior. There
will be assignments related to the Code of Behavior, Character Counts, and our Discipline Plan.
Detention may be assigned if a classroom discipline situation continues to exist. It may also be
a consequence for a major infraction. Detention could also be assigned to help correct a bus or
lunch problem or for uncompleted work or missing homework. Parents will be contacted by
phone. Parents will pick up their child at the conclusion of detention.
V. SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
1. Verbal threats or comments of physical harm/injury by one student to another will not be
tolerated at any grade level. Depending on the nature of the incident, out of school
suspension and police contact are possible. This is not a joking or teasing matter.
2. Any verbal threats or comments about harming the school or school property will not be
tolerated. Depending on the nature of the incident, out of school suspension and police
contact are possibilities. Again, this is not a joking or teasing matter. Please remind your
child to tell an adult if he/she is being teased or being called names. We can solve the
situation but we need to know.
3. Bullying behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. This includes name calling and put
4. The Code of Behavior (Board Policy 502.2) outlines provisions regarding weapons. This
also applies to toy weapons. If a student accidentally brings something to school that he/she
realizes should not be at school, the student needs to tell an adult as soon as possible.
5. We will be reinforcing these points when we meet with students.
6. Disruptive incident/Teacher removal of student from class—occasionally, it may be
necessary to remove a disruptive child from the classroom. The following procedures are to
? A student may be removed from the classroom if his conduct obstructs the learning
environment or if he is exhibiting behaviors that are considered harmful to himself, to the
teacher, or to other students.
If a student is exhibiting inappropriate behavior, a teacher has the option of escorting the ?
student to the office, or of calling the office and asking for someone to come and remove the
? The student will be allowed to return to the classroom only after the administrator and the
teacher have conferred and a joint decision has been reached as to when the student may
? There may be some instances in which an administrator is not available to deal with the
referral. In those cases the guidance counselor will talk with the student. The student may
be returned to class until an administrator is available.
? If the student’s behavior escalates, the parents will be called and asked to come to school to
meet with an administrator and possibly take the child home. The counselor and teacher
may be in attendance at this meeting.
? If a student receives three such discipline referrals he will be recommended for Out Of
School Suspension. An administrator and the teacher will determine the length of the
VII. POSITIVE RECOGNITION
At Heyburn Elementary School, we believe all students, staff and parents should feel safe,
comfortable and respected. We are all committed to providing the most effective learning
environment possible and maximizing instructional time for all students. We want our students to
learn, be successful, and feel happy while at school. Our teachers and staff will provide positive
reinforcement through individual classroom recognition activities as well as school-wide programs.
The administration will also recognize students for their outstanding work, behavior, effort, and
attitude. Please keep us informed of your child’s achievements and successes outside of school. In
addition to classroom reward systems, we will recognize students as a whole school in a number of
ways as outlined below.
I. Citizenship Recognition
A. Classroom Recognition Plans – Each classroom has a plan in place to recognize students
during the school day. Your classroom teacher will share their plan with their students and
B. Caught in the Act - Each week, classroom teachers will select students from their class,
or any student at school, who they feel has made a positive difference in the school
environment, has shown outstanding character and has been a good worker. Whenever a
child receives a ticket, they may write their name on it and take it to the office. They will
then put the ticket in a special container, and will be entered into a drawing. The more
tickets they have in the jar, the better the chance that they will be drawn.
The last Friday of each month, the principal will draw 5 names. She will make an
announcement congratulating these students. Students receive Bud’s Burger Coupon.
C. Student of the Month
II. Attendance Recognition
A. Perfect Attendance pencils – Grades K-5 - Every 9 weeks, these pencils will be given to
students who have attended school each day and have no more than 2 tardies or early
B. Excellent Attendance pencils– Grades K-5 - Every 9 weeks, these pencils will be given to
students who have attended school each day and missed no more than 1 day of school and
have no more than 2 tardies/ early dismissals.
III. Academic Awards
A. Straight A Honor Roll Certificates – Grades 4-5 - All A’s in all Academic Subjects.
B. Honor Roll Certificates – Grades 4-5 -A’s and B’s in all Academic Subjects.
C. Heyburn Lumberjack Award – Grades K-5 for 2nd – 4th Marking Period --Given to
students who have brought up a grade in one subject area while maintaining their grades in
their other subjects.
IV. End of the Year Recognition
A. Straight A Honor Roll All Year Certificates – Grades 4-5 - Given to students who have had
all A’s in all academic subjects for the entire school year
B. Honor Roll All Year Certificates – Grades 4-5 - Given to students who have had all A’s and
B’s in all academic subjects for the entire school year.
C. Perfect Attendance All Year Certificates – Grades K-5 - Given to students who have
attended school each day and have no more that 5 tardies for the entire school year.
D. Excellent Attendance All Year Certificates– Grades K-5 - Given to students who have
missed no more than 2 days of school and have had no more than 5 tardies for the entire
V. Other Types of School Wide Recognition
A. Super Cafeteria Behavior Recognition - Classes will be recognized for their good behavior
in the cafeteria at the end of each month. Each day, classes will be given information on
how they behaved in the cafeteria. Classes with the most green or best behavior days will
have their names put into a drawing at the end of the month and will be given an extra
recess or gym time.
B. Birthday Recognition – Students will be recognized on their birthdays or during the school
year for summer birthdays by the teachers/administration.
C. Book It Certificate- reading incentive program
D. Brag Notes - Parents are encouraged to send to us brag notes about their child’s
accomplishments that we can share on the ―We are in the News‖ bulletin board or the daily
announcements. These can be written on any type of notepaper to be sent to the office. The
notes will be shared in the announcements during the week.
Please return the form below to your child’s teacher by November 6
Please return to your child’s teacher by November 1, 2009. Thank you
I have received and reviewed the Heyburn Lumberjack Pride Behavior Plan.
Positive Recognition…Our Brag Note
Tell your child’s teacher something special about your child
Student Name Teacher: