The stance of Slavens and technology is such that we want to embrace the future and reach out to our 21st century digital learners by incorporating technology into our classrooms. In order to do this, we ask that everyone have a clear understanding of our expectations:
Electronic devices may be used during class ONLY for a TEACHER-DIRECTED ACTIVITY. For example: a math teacher allows students to use cell phones as a calculator.
If an electronic device is out during class without the teacher’s approval or is being used in a way that is not part of the teacher-directed activity:
The 1st time the student will be asked to put it away.
The 2nd time it will be taken from the student and delivered to the office. The student may pick it up from Mr. Siebold or Mrs. Hatchett.
On the 3rd, or any subsequent offense, it will be taken and a parent must come to the office to pick it up.
As always, if an electronic device is brought to school, it is the student’s responsibility. Though we are cognizant of the expense of the items, and work to ensure their safety, neither teachers nor Slavens are responsible for the safety of personal items.
Appropriate Internet access is the shared responsibility of the school, the student, and the family! Additionally, parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s out-of-school access to online resources. While monitoring efforts are in place in the classroom, it is not possible to monitor every student; every minute they are using technology. Therefore, students are responsible for appropriate on-line behavior and expected to be respectful of school-owned digital tools.
All 7th- and 8th-grade students will place their phones into a pocket chart upon entering core classrooms. The pockets are clear, so they can keep an eye on it. All phones will be OFF in order to erase classroom distractions.
IF and/or WHEN a teacher directs the students to use their personal device, the students will simply retrieve his/her phone from the pocket chart for appropriate usage.
When changing classes, phones are expected to be off, with no student usage. In lunch, recess, or any time students are on school grounds during school hours, the phone will be OFF and not used. We will no longer allow cell phone usage in the case of inside recess. (We have clocks in every room of the school so there is no need to check the phone for this information.)
No Energy Drinks may be consumed on school grounds.
Sit on your bottom.
Stay seated at all times.
Do not leave the cafeteria without permission.
Do not pop chip or zip lock bags.
Use an inside voice.
Only talk to those around you – no yelling across the room.
Only store packaged food/drinks, uncut fruit or food from the school cafeteria may be left on the Free Table to share.
Toys and Balls are not allowed at the tables.
If you spill tell an adult immediately.
To be dismissed from lunch:
Clean your seat and table area
Look under the table for trash
Stand behind your chair
Raise your hand and ask “May I be excused?”
Once excused you may throw items in the Trash, Compost & Recycling
Students are expected to be prepared for outside recess every day. This includes appropriate outerwear, shoes, gloves, etc. when needed.
Do not bring food or snacks outside from the lunchroom
Obey the playground supervisors at all times.
Use the equipment in the way it is intended.
Only students on the swings should be in the area.
Sit on your bottom.
ONLY swing in the forward/backward direction.
No jumping off.
No pushing other students.
Only slide down feet first.
Do no sit or climb on top of the monkey bars.
Only one student at a time on the spinning equipment.
Tag is only allowed on the ground, not on the playground equipment.
Do not mess with the trees or gardens – let them grow!
Only sports equipment is allowed on the field – the exception is NO hard balls (i.e. baseballs,etc.).
Display good sportsmanship at all times.
No “Wall Ball” against the school building.
No playing in the alcove near the gym doors.
Playing in the snow is ONLY allowed if students are wearing snow boots.
Keep shoes on while playing.
Do not push or shove other students.
Do not leave school grounds.
Do not dig or throw pea gravel.
Minor discipline problems are handled on the spot by the supervisor or teacher at that time. Repeated and more serious infractions are brought to the attention of the principal and assistant principal. We strive to keep parents informed and seek their counsel. It’s amazing how few discipline problems there are when both home and school operate together as a unit in guiding our young people. The following Discipline Ladder has been implemented for the school year: