ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR POLICY
Steele Heights School operates on the belief that all students have the right to learn and teachers have the right to teach. To do so, each student must be in a school climate that is satisfying and productive, without disruptive behaviour by any student infringing upon the rights of others.
Home and school alike must share the responsibility for teaching appropriate behaviour. By working together we can ensure positive student conduct through building:
- respect for self and others
Students must understand that they are responsible for behaviour which disrupts or detracts from the educational climate of the school. Steele Heights students are expected to follow the rules which have been established for the benefit of the entire student body as well as the community.
A school-wide discipline program based on this belief has been developed for Steele Heights. It is called the Acceptable Behaviour Policy. This policy is based on a set of expectations and consequences both school-wide and in classrooms. We hope students and parents will take the time to discuss Steele Heights Acceptable Behaviour Policy together.
BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS
We believe that high expectations for learning and behaviour are paramount. Our students must be prepared to:
- come to class on time and be ready to work
- complete all homework
- follow directions of the adult in charge
- understand specific classroom expectations
- be courteous, friendly, and positive
- use appropriate language
- conduct themselves responsibly
- obey the law
DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
From time to time the school’s fixtures and/or equipment are damaged by students, either intentionally or unintentionally. In all cases of damage, students (and their parents, if need be) are expected to pay for the damage incurred.
Smoking and possession of cigarettes are not permitted at school, on school buses, school field trips, or on or near the school grounds. Students caught smoking will be suspended.
Students are expected to:
- have supplies: pens, pencils, binders, discs, and other necessary materials
- use time wisely
- seek extra help as needed
- set regular study schedules (at least one hour every night)
- Some activities students can do are to:
- make up summaries or charts
- go over old exams
- review notes
- review addition and multiplication facts
- design questions that could be used for a test
- do homework every night
If no specific homework has been assigned,
students should use their time for:
- completing work not finished in class
- completing daily assignments
- working on long-term assignments (do not leave these until a few nights before they are due)
- reviewing work taken that day (studies have shown that 7O% of material learned in class is forgotten within three days if there has been no review)
- studying for exams and tests
Students should write down assignments as they are given in class. Home work for all subjects should be recorded and completed promptly.
Our school-wide approach to discipline focuses on:
- helping the student to identify his or her problems
- helping the student understand that with rights come responsibility
- helping the student solve the problem he or she created
- leaving the student’s dignity intact
It is expected that students will use appropriate school language; crude, vulgar, sexually explicit language will not be tolerated.
It is expected that students will come to Steele Heights suitably dressed. Dress which offends others is not acceptable. Clothing that will be considered inappropriate includes belly shirts, clothes carrying messages, whether written or in picture form, that are profane, demeaning, or in poor taste. Students should wear suitable footwear that will not damage the floors. Hats and jackets are to be left in lockers during school.
The administration of the school has the authority to require any student not meeting the above standards of dress or grooming to return home and make the necessary changes.
In the interests of personal hygiene, all students will be required to change into appropriate gym wear for physical education classes. A sweat suit and/or shorts and plain t-shirt will be suitable. Suitable shoes must be worn for physical education. During any physical education activity, items such as money, watches, and jewelry should be left with the teacher, NOT IN THE LOCKER.