I hope that you have had the opportunity to review the Student Code of Conduct and the Parent/Student Handbook, we are very excited about the additions that were made during the summer. You probably noticed the sections on responsible behaviors within the school community. The staff felt there was a need for a consistent system of monitoring student behavior and developed the lists for the various locations in Point Road School.
When a child has not made a responsible choice, he/she is asked some guided questions. These questions are geared to help the student identify the inappropriate behavior, the problem it caused, the responsible choice that could have been made, and to create a plan for correcting this behavior. If the behavior continues and the child is sent to my office, I further assist the child in developing a plan to modify the inappropriate behavior. The teacher or I will contact you so that you know what is happening in school and how we plan to remedy the situation.
Families can reinforce this system at home by asking children to check if they are demonstrating responsible or O.K. behavior. Often by having clear choices we can remove ourselves from the constant cycle of punishment and rewards enabling your child to become more independent. Your assistance in working with your child to be an active participant in his/her learning is also strongly encouraged! Learning is not passive, one needs to be actively involved!
As a result of our work in this area, we have developed a school motto, pledge and are currently working on the development of a school song. Please reinforce the following at home:
Point Road Students are kind, considerate, and caring because they are:
RESPECTFUL of themselves and others;
RESPONSIBLE citizens; and come to school ready to learn…
What is right is right even if no one is doing it. What is wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.
Our motto: To be respectful, responsible and ready to learn……
Use passion, respect and kindness
Be responsible for your actions
Be a leader, try your best and never give up
Encourage ourselves and others, think positively and remember the Golden Rule
“Take care of Point Road and everything around you”
Think and act like a Point Road Warrior
Reciting the Respect/Non-violence Pledge during morning exercises: “I believe that everybody has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included, valued and accepted regardless of differences. I pledge to be respectful of others and stand up against bullying whenever and wherever I see it.”
- Each classroom will design a classroom poster or slogan for Respect Week.
- On Friday, October 7th we will wear blue and white “Unity Day” and mismatching socks! “Sock it to Bullying Day” We encourage students to wear mismatched socks to show their individuality and creativity and acceptance of one another.
- Classes will decorate their doors for Violence Awareness week
- We will wear purple and orange on October 19th
- Mix Up Day October 25th, students will have opportunity to sit with different tables during lunch and encouraged to get to know a new person.
Point Road School is dedicated to educating and nurturing all students in reaching their fullest potential. Children come to school at different stages of development and make progress at different rates. They grow and develop through a series of developmental stages while gaining social, emotional, academic, and physical abilities. Children cannot be hurried through these stages. Parents and teachers must work together to provide experiences at home and at school which support and encourage this process.
Our report cards reflect the developmental stages of children. Each child is on a personal journey, which cannot be measured with a traditional grading system or compared to other students. We are, however, defining the expectations for student learning by indicating whether your student is making progress toward the standards set by the state that all students are expected to achieve.
Our third and fourth grade students receive letter grades as follows:
U 64 and below
If you have any questions or concerns, please see your child’s teacher for clarification of how we are grading your child’s progress. It is our goal to create opportunities for students to become responsible citizens – well equipped for the future!
Pamela Albert Devine