We are very excited this year to continue our district approved citizenship program called “Make Your Day: Becoming Educated And Responsible Students” (BEARS). Hopefully you have had the chance this year to talk to your child about this program. Here are some basics about the program:
We have one rule: No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety, or well-being of others.
Our common expectation is: Do what is expected and do it the best you can.
· This program has been adopted K-8 in our district as a citizenship curriculum. Just like other curriculum areas (such as math, reading, etc) students are in school to learn and that sometimes means making a mistake. This program views making a mistake (behavior or academic) as an opportunity to learn.
· Throughout the day, teachers will let students know their specific expectations for that session of class (work quietly at your seat, listen to the teacher, return materials when finished).
· If a student does not do what is expected the best they can, he/she does not earn full points for that class time.
· At the end of each session (there are 5-7 sessions in a typical day), students are asked to reflect on their behavior and report how many points they feel they earned during that time based on following the class expectations.
· This is an opportunity for students to take ownership for their behavior.
· During this time of reporting points, students are also allowed to share concerns about how another student’s behavior interfered with their learning, safety, or well-being (school rule).
· This is an opportunity for students to help each other realize the impact their behavior has on others. Tattling or arguments are not allowed during the sharing of concerns.
The other part of the program is called “steps”.
· When a child chooses to interfere with the learning, safety or well-being of other students, he/she is asking for some time to reflect on their choice and how that choice interfered with others. Steps are not punishment.
· Anytime students choose a step they are spoken to by the teacher in a quiet, private,non-emotional voice.
· When a student chooses an interfering behavior, he/she is given permission to go to step 1. In this step a student moves to a seat facing away from the current activity for no more than five minutes. The student is then asked privately why he/she chose step 1 and are they ready to return to the class activity. If the child does not need more time in step 1, they return to the class activity.
· A student is given permission to move to step 2 when they are not doing what is expected in step 1 (sitting, facing away, not interfering.) Step 2 is to stand, facing away from the class for less than five minutes.
· A student is given permission to move to step 3 when they are not doing what is expected in step 2 (standing, facing away, not interfering). The student is asked to focus on the school rule printed on a card and is told that they have a choice: to follow the expectations in step 3 or go to step 4 which requires a parent conference.
· A student is given permission to move to step 4 when they are not doing what is expected in step 3 (standing, focusing on the rule, not interfering). The child goes to the office to call parents and request a conference. The student will then go to a “buddy room” to wait for parents to arrive.
· A student can also choose step 4 automatically (see list on attached page) and if the students chooses behavior that is outlined in school policy, then the student will be suspended (see list of behaviors on attached page).
Making Your Day
· When students choose to do what is expected and do it the best they can, they have the opportunity, several times each day to award themselves points. If they earn enough points, then they have“made their day”.
· A student does not make their day if they did not earn enough predetermined points. That student will take home a form explaining why they did not make their day (see attached).
· The form gives the student and parents the opportunity to discuss the child’s behavior choices and discuss alternative strategies or methods of correcting those behaviors.
· The school does not expect parents to administer a consequence. Mistakes, both behavioral and academic are simply learning opportunities.
· Parent signs the form and student returns it the following day.
If you have further questions, please take a look at the website: www.makingyourdays.com, you can also call the school. Your child’s teacher is also a great resource for how the program is working in your child’s classroom. If you are still unsure, you can schedule a time with your child’s teacher to come to school to observe the program in action.
Bernardo Castillo Jim Perry
Principal Dean of Students
This is the “step 1” form that students may receive in common areas such as hallways, MPR, bathrooms or the playground when they do not follow expectations. One copy goes to the classroom teacher (to be used during points) and the other copy is given to the student. These forms do not come home.
KI-BE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
REPORT TO TEACHER
STEP 1, 2 & 3
___________________ _____________ ______________________
Date Time Location
___On campus prior to school hours ___No Loitering/Gathering
___Inappropriate behavior in the cafeteria ___Not obeying supervisor
___Inappropriate behavior in the hallways ___No hallway pass
___Improper use of bathrooms ___Gathering in doorway
___Inappropriate behavior on the playground ___PDA
___Inappropriate behavior in bus area ___Rough Play
___Unsafe behavior to/from school ___Unsafe/Dangerous Play
___Improper use of equipment / property ___Walk on Rt. Side Hall
___Not playing in designated area ___Inappropriate language (swearing)
Other explanation ____________________________________________________
Student was also on Step(s) 2 3 (circle those that apply)
Staff member signature ______________________________________________
This is a copy of the “step 4 form” that students may receive for not following expectations. They can earn step 4 by the behaviors listed on the form and also by “escalating” through the steps. That is, when on step one, the student does not follow expectations, and then goes to step two and so on. These forms are sent to the office with the child, and the child calls home to request a conference. A copy of this form is kept with the classroom teacher and the office.
KiBe Elementary School
Make Your Day
“Social Responsibility Program”
STEP 4/5 Conference Referral– Send to office with student being referred.
Location Step 4 Chosen:
q Escalating STEP 4 – Explanation:
STEP 2: __________________________________________________
STEP 3: __________________________________________________
q Automatic STEP 4: (Check all that apply):
q Profanity Directed at Another Person
q Physically Dangerous Behavior
q Does Not Come to a Staff Member When Requested
q Does Not or Falsely Identifies Self to Staff Member
q Was witnessed by adult referring
q Was admitted to by student
Buddy Room Location: ____________________________________________
Parent/Guardian/Emergency Contact Made:
Time Called: ___________________ Time Coming: ____________________
Left Message: ____________________________________________________
Parent came in for conference at (Time/Date): ___________________________
_____ Student returned to class _____ Parent chose to take child home
Administrative Action / Comments:
q STEP 5 – Date Returning: ___________________________________
Making Your Day means that your child has been responsible for coming to school ready to learn.
Specific responsibilities that have been followed through on include:
- Being prepared with materials for class.
- Pencils, texts, notebooks, etc.
- Behaving as expected in the classroom, in the cafeteria, on the playground, and on campus.
- Being actively involved in learning.
- Tuned into lesson being presented.
- Keeps attention directed to the task on hand
- Following through on work.
- Participating in appropriate activities in class.
- Putting forth maximum effort according to each individual's learning style.
- Choosing appropriate methods for solving peer interaction problems such as:
- Reporting to teacher on playground or in the classroom.
- Walking away.
- Talking the situation through.
- Acknowledging impact of their actions on others.
- Accepting and giving constructive suggestions in a helpful way.
This is a celebration that your child took responsibility today when he/she had difficulty following school expectations. Your child has identified some behaviors tha tkept him/her from their best learning. Consequences at home are not expected. What would be most helpful for your child is that you take the time to discuss these items with your child and, together, develop a plan that will help them reach their potential.
Name __________________________________________ Date___________________
I had difficulty with the following:
Keeping my hands and feet to myself
Doing my best work
Following classroom expectations
Following line expectations
Following school dress code
Following lunch time expectations
Following bus expectations
Doing my class work
Following expectations going to and from school
Please sign this note, and I will return it to my teacher on the next school day.
My Signature My Parent’s Signature
The “school-home communication” form is sent home with students who do not earn enough points to make their day. If you receive a form,please review it with your child, sign it and return to school the next day. Again, we are NOT expecting consequences to be done at home for this, since students have received consequences at school. Thank you for your support.
Ki-Be Elementary Step 4 Behavior
· Profanity directed at another person
· Physically dangerous behavior
· Does not come to a staff member when requested
· Does not or falsely identifies self to staff member
Ki-Be School District Step 5 Behavior
These behaviors will be dealt with by Mr. Perry or Mr. Castillo.
· Alcohol: possession, purchase, distribution,use or under the influence
· Arson: causing a fire or explosion
· Assault/Fighting: violent force, unwanted or intimidating contact
· Controlled Substance: possession, using or distributing drugs or controlled substances including over-the-counter medications,inhalants, etc
· Verbal or physical abuse of staff
· Gang-related activity
· Harassment: bullying, intimidating or harassing another person—the threat to cause injury or to restrain another individual
· Lewd Conduct: behavior that is indecent or obscene
· Tobacco: use, possession or distribution of tobacco products
· Vandalism/Malicious Mischief: destroying or damaging property(i.e. breaking windows, graffiti, defacing desks, damaging or destroying another’s property)
· Weapons and Explosives: possession, threat o ruse of weapons
· Other illegal activity: pulling fire alarm, gambling