Discipline

The principles that guide our discipline at St. Paul Lutheran School are based on the teachings of Christ. “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” (Matthew 7:12) Christ’s two commandments: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” (Matthew 22:37) and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:38)

We believe that all children can behave appropriately in the classroom, and that no student should disrupt the teaching and learning process to the detriment of others. Therefore, the basis of our policies is one of caring – caring about the child and the way he/she behaves, and caring about the school climate to maximize the learning process. Through this we feel that children will grow into self-discipline.

We want our students to understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, and to constantly make responsible choices. To help them do this we list the following examples:

Appropriate Behaviors

  • Being prepared for class and ready to learn.
  • Being in the proper place at the proper time.
  • Treating everyone with courtesy and respect.
  • Helping to create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment.
  • Showing respect for school and personal property.
  • Showing responsible behavior on field trips and any other school function.
  • Demonstrating personal honesty.

Inappropriate Behaviors

  • Saying words, using mannerisms or gestures that are not suitable or proper for any audience.
  • Physical, verbal, or written assaults, harassment, or hazing.
  • Aggressive or intimidating behavior (harassment)
  • Refusal to obey directions of administrator, teachers, or other school personnel.
  • Lying
  • Cheating
  • Theft, misuse or damage of school or personal property.
  • Leaving the campus for any reason without written permission during the school day or during any school sponsored activity.
  • Possession on school property or at school functions weapons, dangerous objects, or any form of controlled substance, tobacco, or alcohol.
Remember, these are some examples and do not constitute a comprehensive, all-inclusive list of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors.

Classroom Rules

We have six classroom behavioral expectations or rules that are enforced in all classrooms:

  • Come to class prepared and ready to learn.
  • Follow instructions the first time they are given.
  • Speak only with permission.
  • Remain focused on the task at hand.
  • No put downs are allowed.
  • Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

Positive Consequences

We use many positive consequences to encourage appropriate behaviors. The following are offered as examples:

  • Specific praise
  • Extra privileges
  • Positive telephone calls to parents
  • Positive notes home to parents
  • Treats
  • Homework passes
  • Free time

Negative Consequences

We use a wide range of negative consequences to discourage inappropriate behaviors. The following are some examples:

  • Reminder
  • Warning
  • Time Outs
  • Counseling by Teacher
  • Counseling by Principal
  • Write a written plan of improvement
  • Call parents
  • Conference with principal, teacher, and parents
  • Exclusion from class or activity
  • Loss of privileges
  • Detention (after-school or during lunch)
  • Work detail (picks up litter on campus, pull weeds, etc.)
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal or expulsion
  • Possession or use of drugs, weapons, etc. will result in immediate expulsion.