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Heyburn Elementary School Behavior Plandoc - Welcome to the St

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Heyburn Elementary School Behavior Plandoc - Welcome to the St

     Heyburn Elementary School

    2009-2010

     The “Lumberjacks” Behavior plan

    “Work Hard, Do Your Best, and Be Kind”

Dear Parents;

    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

    stth-5,

    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.

    Sincerely,

     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

    gatherings.

? 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. Graffitiusing 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

    choices.

    ??Writing Sentences

    ? 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

    ? Detentionafter 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

    ? Biting

    ? 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)

    DETENTION

     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

    downs.

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 classoccasionally, it may be

    necessary to remove a disruptive child from the classroom. The following procedures are to

    be followed:

? 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

    student.

    ? 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

    return.

    ? 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

    suspension.

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.

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    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

    you.

    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

    dismissals.

    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

    school year.

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

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    Please return to your child’s teacher by November 1, 2009. Thank you

    I have received and reviewed the Heyburn Lumberjack Pride Behavior Plan.

Parent Signature:___________________________________________

Student’s Signature:________________________________________

    Teacher’s Name:___________________________________________

     Positive Recognition…Our Brag Note

    Tell your child’s teacher something special about your child

    Student Name Teacher:

    Brag:

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