Personal Responsibility Plan

Mattawan Early Elementary is a place for teaching and learning.  All adults and children work together to create a safe, warm, and orderly atmosphere that supports academic excellence and good citizenship.  Students, faculty, and staff follow the three “R’s” to help reach this goal: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect Property.

The Personal Responsibility Plan used at the Early Elementary School has three levels:

C-Cooperation – Listens to others. Does what is told.  Cooperates with others.
B-Bothering – Bosses others.  Bothers others.  Breaks classroom standards.
A-Absence of Control – Out of control, dangerous, chaotic.  Each member of the school community is expected to take responsibility for his or her own behavior and to function at level C in all areas of the school throughout the school day.

We believe in recognizing each child at some time throughout the year for being responsible and an important part of our school family.  Some ways in which students are acknowledged include praise, a special note or phone call, a Super Call!, Princi-Pal Award, or at a Life skills Celebration Assembly.

Each member of the school community is expected to take responsibility for his or her own behavior and to function at level C in all areas of the school throughout the school day.  The last two levels are unacceptable.  Students who slip and behave at the Bothering level have a conversation with an adult in which the child is given the opportunity to modify his or her level of behavior to an acceptable level.  If a child is unable to modify his or her behavior to an acceptable level, he or she is sent to the Office.  There, an adult works with the child on taking responsibility for the behavior choices made and discusses alternate appropriate behaviors.  When the student makes the decision to behave at the C level, he or she may return to class.  Students behaving at the  Absence of Control level are directed immediately to the Principal’s Office. Parents/guardians are informed whenever a child behaves at the Absence of Control level. Several options are available:

Student conference and call home.
Student conference, write a plan, call home.
Student, teacher, parent conference.  Daily behavior plan written with Intervention Specialist.
In-house suspension.
Out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Planning

Students will write or draw a plan for improving their behavior with adult supervision during their recess time.  The plan sheet includes an explanation of what the child did and what the child will do the next time.  The principal will check with the student after returning to class to see how their plan is working.

In-House Suspension

If students have severely misbehaved-aggressive fighting, stealing, etc., or have not followed a specific plan, they may be kept from class to do their work elsewhere.

Out-of-School Suspension or Expulsion

Continued severe infractions of vandalism, fighting, or larceny may result in out-of-school suspension.  Expulsion would occur only under Federal and State Weapon and Gun Laws.  If children bring a knife to school three inches or longer or a gun, it is a requirement that immediate expulsion of that student be recommended to the Board of Education.

Our goal is for students to make responsible choices that result in a positive learning environment for all.  When students make choices that interfere with learning and/or the safety and comfort of others, our goal is for students to accept responsibility for his or her choice and to assist in making a positive behavior change.

While the Early Elementary faculty and staff strive to assist each student to be responsible for his or her own choices, we still believe in recognizing each child at some time throughout the year for being responsible and an important part of our school family.  Some ways in which students are acknowledged include praise, a special note or phone call, a Super Call!, Princi-Pal Award, or Little Wildcat Pride Award.

Princi-Pal Award

This acknowledgment is given by teachers to students who have shown exemplary citizenship in their classroom.

Little Wildcat Pride Day Assembly

The last Friday of each month at 3:00 P.M. each teacher reveals the names of two students who are chosen as Super Students.  They attend a special assembly in the All-Purpose Room with the principal, which includes a story, cookies, milk, and a special certificate.  Children have to be patient; by the end of the year every child in our building will have attended an assembly.

With our emphasis on the positive, we hope to alleviate any and all negative choices.  We appreciate your support and look forward to your assistance in meeting our goal to ensure that our school is a safe and orderly place for children to learn.