We’re very excited to announce that we’ve added a returning staff member to our team Mr. Kirkland. He will serve as our Behavioral Teach working alongside the Deans and collaborating with teachers to seek out unique ways of supporting our students in their daily lives. You can expect Mr. Kirkland to initiate action, take responsibility and motivate others in setting and achieving our school wide goals.
First Incentives of the Year: Successful to Say the Least!
High school found a great way to celebrate those students arriving to school on time with an after school event called the “The Breakfast Club” for all early arrival and Middle school hosted their first PBIS incentive where students participated in a dodgeball tournament. What a fun way to celebrate our students who have been contributing consistently to CHEC have a positive community. This is not only a reflection of our student’s behavior thus far, but also a reflection of how well we are doing to celebrate their successes. Keep up the good work!
EXTRA thanks and shout outs to all the staff that supported both events! This was a great example of us coming together as a CHEC Family to celebrate our students. THANKS!
Areas of Emphasis this Week
Detention: We still have students skipping detention in the afternoons. Detention is a first intervention we have for students to check and correct their behavior in your classrooms. Students being informed of this consequence is vital to the effectiveness of the consequence. Remember to use our 5 step process with fidelity so that our students will not earn a greater consequence of ISS and thus lose valuable class time.
Uniforms: We’ve done a nice job keeping high standards with our uniforms this year, but let’s not let that slip. Students should be in full uniform throughout the day. Let’s continue to support one another by checking all students throughout day.
Hallways: Scholars are expected to walk, to stay to the right, to be in full uniform, use Level 1 voices and to move with a purpose in our hallways. Adults should support these expectations by reiterating expectations frequently, with strong presence in the hallways, by addressing behavior in the hallways, by actively monitoring with teacher-voices and watchful eyes throughout transitions.
Dismissal: We always need more support at dismissal from 3:15pm until 3:35pm (High School), 4:15pm until 4:35pm (Middle School). Please follow students all the way out to the front of the building. Students should be encouraged to move on toward their bus stops/metro quickly. Teachers and staff that can make themselves available to stay out front will be greatly appreciated.
Decreasing the Use of Passes
Over the last week, administrators and security staff have noticed an excessive amount of students in the hallways. These students have agendas/lanyards, but are often fooling around in the hallways, rather than moving to and from the restrooms with a purpose. These students are wasting precious learning time, and their lack of supervision is a safety issue.
This week, please do the following:
• Own the use of the bathroom tracker system and enforce it consistently.
• Reset expectations regarding limiting the number of passes you are allowing during your classes.
• Protect sacred teaching time; students should be in the classroom learning during the heart of your lesson.
• Use discretion when allowing students to leave
• Decrease the amount of passes you are allowing during your class
• Pay attention to the amount of time students are out of the classroom or remove their pass privileges if they do not return quickly enough
The administrative and security teams will support by:
• Asking students for agendas/lanyards when found in the hallway
• Returning students to class when the hallways are too full
• Checking for evidence of bathroom tracker during classroom observations
Also, please be especially discriminatory with passes to the nurse. The nurse is required to accept students that come to her with a pass; when there is a large volume of students coming to visit her, it takes longer for her to treat them, which means an increased loss of instructional time. Use appropriate discretion about who needs to see the nurse, and who does not.
RIGOR, RELEVANCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students', parents' and school personnel's experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures.