Personal Responsibility In Daily Efforts
There are two important ways that students show good character at school:
A) By doing their work diligently;
B) By treating others respectfully
There are two important ways that schools help their students develop good character:
A) By encouraging positive behaviors
B) By discouraging negative behaviors
Encouraging Positive Behaviors
Successful students don't wait for others to discipline themselves. Students who have self-discipline also have this attitude. "I have high expectations for myself and my school, and I am proud of myself and my school." The word for this attitude is P.R.I.D.E.
P.R.I.D.E. has another meaning at Mead Middle School. The letters stand for Personal Responsibility in Daily Efforts. P.R.I.D.E. is designed to motivate and challenge students in positive directions. P.R.I.D.E. also recognizes and rewards students who meet certain goals. This is how it works...
At the end of each quarter (November, January, April, June) Mead Middle
School students will be recognized as members of P.R.I.D.E. if they achieved the following standards during the nine weeks:
- All assignments turned in
- No more than three days of absence (including family trips, doctor/dentist appt., and partial days)
- No more than one unexcused tardy
- No behavioral referrals/In-house referral (blue card)
- No overdue library books on the last day of the quarter
- No behavior, responsibility, or effort deductions in PE
- Honor Level I status throughout the quarter
Students who become members of P.R.I.D.E. will receive recognition and will also be invited to a planned celebration of their accomplishments. Students need to take 4 or more classes on campus or take a minimum of 3 core classes to be eligible for P.R.I.D.E. The PRIDE program works in conjunction with the Mountainside M.S. progressive discipline policy.
Honor Levels are as follows:
Honor Level I: 0-4 Demerits
Honor Level II: 5-9 Demerits
Honor Level III: 10-14 Demerits
Honor Level IV: 15-20 Demerits
The easiest and most successful discipline is self-discipline. A wise quote puts it this way: Discipline yourself, and others won't have to. However, sometimes students do forget the importance of self-discipline. They may choose to behave in ways that interfere with learning, that do not show good character, or that do not follow the policies and rules of the school. Then it becomes necessary for others to discipline.