Letter to Herbison Woods School Families

September 19, 2014

Dear Herbison Woods families: 

The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start! Students have met new classmates and are working together to build a strong school community. They are adjusting to the new school year and learning routines, schedules, and behavior expectations. They are eager to learn!

Herbison Woods teachers continue to implement their learning and training from Capturing Kids Hearts.   Classroom management is an important aspect of education and management style can determine the amount of learning that occurs in a classroom. In response to poor behavior choices, our staff will follow up by asking the individual student a series of questions:

1.     What are you doing?

2.     What are you supposed to be doing?

3.     Are you doing it?

4.     What are you going to do about it?

5.     What’s going to happen if you break our social contract again?

This strategy follows and supports the social contract and helps teachers maintain the boundaries while preserving the relationships with students. The process helps de-escalate the behavior and keep individuals calm. The consistency of the approach models appropriate skills to use during conflict resolution and everyone’s dignity is honored.  

Consistent consequences are in place when and if students need to be redirected more than once by the same adult. The consequences follow a format also:

1.       Students will sign a Responsibility Book to provide documentation of date, time, and misbehavior.

2.       Students will complete a behavior reflection sheet that is sent home to be signed by parents and returned to school

3.       Students will Behave Out. This occurs when student behavior necessitates they be sent out of the classroom and to the office to have a conversation with the principal. The Code of Conduct may be used as a reference if any additional consequences are needed.

Our students are learning age-appropriate behaviors and will make mistakes. In an environment that provides consistency and structure, students can learn and grow from their mistakes. It is our goal to provide support for our students to help them become well rounded individuals – physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.

Keep in touch –                                                                                                                                                                                      "They don't care how much you know, until they know

Mrs. Vicky Milner, Principal                                                                 how much you care."  - John Maxwell                          

 

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