Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have had a great first semester at Lake Wylie Elementary School. We have been able to celebrate the wonderful work of our students and see our students grow as leaders throughout the school day. We are continuing to work to instill positive behaviors and character traits each and everyday. We want all of our students to be leaders in the school and develop a respect for others, themselves, and learning. We will continue with our discipline plan to improve upon communication with parents and to add more incentives for positive behavior within the classroom.
Kindergarten through second grade classrooms will continue to utilize the ladder system to monitor behavior in the classroom. In addition, the entire school will be utilizing ClassDojo in each classroom. ClassDojo is an online tool that allows teachers to reward positive behaviors and track progress towards specific goals. Parents are able to monitor their individual child’s behaviors and communicate further with teachers through this online application. Please feel free to learn more about ClassDojo through their website www.ClassDojo.com/LearnMore. More communication regarding signing up for an account and connecting to your child’s classroom will be distributed through teachers’ newsletters.
In addition to using ClassDojo, we plan to utilize quarterly celebrations to encourage positive behaviors throughout the school day. Students that consistently earn recognition for embodying positive behaviors in the classroom will have an opportunity to partake in quarterly celebrations that will include guest speakers, movies, and extra recess. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these events that will take place at the end of each quarter, please feel free to contact me.
Recently, we hung posters in the hallways and cafeteria that show what positive behaviors look like and sound like for our students. While in the cafeteria, students will use a red cup and green cup to determine the level of talking that happens. It is important that students have the first five minutes of lunch to eat. We ask that they settle while using the red cup to eat and then talk at a low level when the green cup appears. Please ask your students about these expectations and help reinforce these at home. It is really important that students learn to embody these through their actions in each part of the school.
Our school counselors are continuing to provide guidance lessons and offer support to our students. In these lessons, we are continuing to reinforce the behaviors described above. In addition to these guidance lessons, our counselors are pulling small groups of students to work on specific skills.
We will continue to utilize a progressive discipline plan that relies upon appropriate consequences based on the behavior. We will maintain a focus on the CMS Code of Conduct to ensure positive behaviors in line with the district’s vision for student success.
Thank you for all of your support of Lake Wylie and our efforts to improve positive behaviors in our students. If you have any questions about our character development program place feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Wylie Elementary School
CMS CODE OF CONDUCT
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Leader In Me: 7 Habits
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Begin with the end in mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision, and look for ways to be a good citizen.
Put first things first
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others' Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
I listen to other people's ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
I value other people's strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people's ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.
Sharpen the saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with my family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.