I know one thing for sure. MOST of the parents in this town are NOT very happy with that particular middle school AT ALL. And for other reasons besides this story Ive told you about. For years now we have heard horror stories about that school, I never really believed them to be honest.
Tell ya what...........I DO NOW!!
The horror stories are about how the kids are disciplined there. They are on this crazy point system. But the thing is.........the kids are racking up points at breakneck speeds. I mean........for every little NOTHING thing. So many points equals an after school detention.
But heres the rub..........half the dang kids in class are IN DETENTION!
Most of it over the most picky little stuff you ever heard of. Other thing is..........MOST of these kids NEVER had any trouble in school, like EVER............UNTIL they got there that is.
Its almost like they are setting these kids up for failure.
I don't like discipline points. We do daily scaled in a most of our classes but they reset at the end of the day. Many rooms have a clip system that allow students to see where they are for that day. It is also color coded in many rooms. I am required to have this posted in my room.
Campus Rules and Expectations
· Listen to others
· Follow directions on first request
· Respect self, others, and property
· Make safe choices
· Always do your best
2. Redirect to alternate activity
3. Loss of class privilege and/or recess
4. Teacher-initiated consequences
5. Parent/guardian contact
Only if you have gone through these consequences are you allowed to refer a student to the office. The first time you also aren't going to have your student will most likely visit the counselor instead of an administrator. The idea is that you are trying to correct the cause of the behavior than punishing the student for exhibiting it.
I'm horrible at it but we are also told that need to be positive in almost everything. We also have this posted in our rooms:
Before you say something ask yourself these questions:
If the answer is no to any of these then it doesn't need to be said.
Also, right now we are promoting kindness by painting the hallways pink. If you are caught showing kindness to others then a teacher will fill out a "pink slip". The slip will be read over the announcements and placed on the wall. "If we cover the walls up to the 5th grade hallway with the PINK slips, the administrative team will paint their fingernails pink for a week. If we cover the walls up to the cafeteria (by the dance room) PINK, the administrative team will paint their toe nails pink for a week. If we cover the cafeteria walls … the administrative team will color their hair PINK!! That's right, they will have PINK hair, toes and fingernails for a whole week!
I also spent all day decorating the hallways to be a walk of fame. I hate standardized testing though.
For each benchmark mastered, you earn a star on the walk-of-fame.
Shoot for the STAAR! Take Your Best Shot! 1. 1. Walk of Fame (Stars hung from the ceiling for each student passing each benchmark) 2. 2. Use window chalk on the front windows, front doors, and windows leading out to the courtyards between wings 3. 3. Countdown to STAAR 4. 4. Provide "buddy bands" for each student to EARN one. The bracelets will be colored and will say "Take your best shot!" Bracelets will be given to those students who pass one or more of their second benchmarks. Those students who do not earn a bracelet in this way will be able to earn it by meeting your expectations for them in giving their best effort to prepare for the STAAR tests. 5. 5. Provide special pencils for test days 6. 6. Hallway contracts. We will post these on the wing entrances so that the students can give them a little tap each time they pass by. 7. 7. Wish Upon a STAAR Goal Charts for classrooms 8. 8. STAAR Spirit Week (April 16th – 20th) – Special dress for each day 9.
9. STAAR Pep Rally (Ms. Dixon is leading the charge, so let her know if you want to help!)