THE POWER OF THE PAW

We believe the primary objective of discipline is to be positive and to help each student develop self-control. Student self-control gives them POWER over themselves and their environment. We will reinforce this concept through the motto:  POWER

Positive Attitude

On Task

Wise Choices

Effort

Respect and Responsibility

One of our goals is to teach students to take responsibility for all of their actions and behave in an appropriate manner that respects the learning environment and the rights of others. We are implementing a set of school rules that will be consistent throughout the school day and apply in all learning environments (i.e. halls, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and busses):  PAW

Perfect control over your body

Active listening

Work your hardest

Each learning area has procedures and voice levels that are taught and reinforced. A variety of positive reinforcement programs are used to recognize students who appropriately follow these procedures. The area procedures include:

Bus Procedures: S.A.F.E.

  • Sit on Pockets
  • Appropriate Voice
  • Face Forward
  • Everyone on the same team

Playground Procedures P.L.A.Y.     

  • Please Share and Be Fair
  • Line up Quickly and Quietly
  • Assigned Area
  • Your Body in Control                                                          

Cafeteria Procedures: C.H.E.W.

  • Control Body
  • Have Respect
  • Everyone Cleans Up
  • Walk

Bathroom Procedures: Shhhhhh!

  • Hush
  • Flush
  • Wash

Hallway Procedures: W.A.L.K

  • Walk to the right
  • Appropriate voice
  • Listen actively
  • Keep body in control

Assembly Procedures: C.L.A.P.

  • Control Body
  • Listen
  • Appropriate responses
  • Participate

Pedestrian Procedures: S.L.O.W

  • Slow down
  • Look both ways before crossing
  • Obey crossing guard instructions
  • Walk bikes in designated areas


SCHOOL-WIDE MANAGEMENT PLAN

We are optimistic that this program will help to promote healthy self-esteem and a safe, orderly, and inviting school climate. However, any behavior that disrupts the learning environment, or which infringes on the rights of others is not acceptable and will be subject to corrective measures.

Classroom Interventions

Each teacher has his/her classroom discipline program. Although the procedures differ in each classroom, they are typically designed to help the student recognize that he/she has committed a behavioral infraction and impose a pre-determined set of consequences in attempt to have the student correct the misbehavior him/herself.

Positive Recognition--Power Paws

Weekly:

  • Students will receive a “Power Paw” when exceptional behavior is noted in one of the six categories.
  • Students will complete the information on the slip, cut the slip, take home the upper portion, and place the bottom portion into the teacher’s container.
  • The teacher will draw one slip from the container every Friday.
  • The weekly winner will go to the office during his/her recess to receive a prize.

10 Power Paws:

  • When a student has received 10 Power Paws during one quarter, he/she will go to the office and receive a Powerade.

Quarterly Incentive:

  • An incentive party will be held quarterly for all students receiving 15 Power Paws in one quarter.

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Discipline Flow Chart--Penalty Paws

Students will receive the following for inappropriate behavior:

  1. Warning
  2. Warning
  3. Warning
  4. Penalty Paw Ticket

(Student completes top portion, teacher adds comments if applicable, parent signature required)

  1. If behavior continues, Steps 1-3 are repeated
  2. Penalty Paw Ticket issued

(Teacher calls parents)

  1. Office Referral (teacher discretion)

(Student conference, parental involvement)

  1. If behavior continues—Office Referral

(Behavioral Plan—possibility)

  1. Refer student to a Special Help Team

Immediate Office Referral

  • Fighting
  • Safe School Violation
  • Major Violation

Please Note: We recognize that all incidents, students, and circumstances are not the same. We also realize that behavior interventions are a part of the student’s educational process. We will do our best to focus disciplinary efforts on the role, responsibility, and reaction of each individual student in order to properly correct his/her behavior. We take great effort to be fair, consistent, reasonable, and caring. Our responsibility is to ensure the safety of all students and to protect the school’s learning environment. We greatly appreciate your support!

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