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Middlesex Elementary implements discipline program

On Friday, September 14, Middlesex Elementary School kicked off its Effective Schoolwide Discipline (ESD) program by having an assembly featuring “Uncle Tyrone, The Kid’s Comedian.”

For the first two weeks of school students have been learning through their physical education classes and with their homeroom teachers what it takes to be a COLT, someone who is Caring, On-task, Learning, and Trustworthy.

“At Middlesex Elementary School, we believe in helping students learn to make the right choices and be responsible for those choices,” said principal Amy Stamm. “We also believe in and strive to provide a safe, orderly, and productive learning environment for all of our students.

“We have a school wide discipline plan (ESD) in place which is attained by educating our students concerning positive character traits such as respect, honesty, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship,” continued Stamm. “Its effectiveness is strengthened by parent support and encouragement. We wanted to share some information with you to help create a partnership between school and home that will promote positive behavior and that builds on what we are promoting at MES. Many of our focuses are the same that you are already teaching your children.

Putting Research into Practice:
Dealing with disruptive behavior has become one of the most pressing issues in schools across the nation. Educators know of the well-established relationship between weak academic achievement and poor social adjustment. The faculty and staff of Middlesex Elementary School are committed to developing a school environment that is both preventative and instructional when it comes to dealing with disruptive behavior. To this end, MES implements a school-wide discipline plan to increase the instructional capacity of students. The plan focuses on a proactive approach to solving problem behaviors. The students are taught appropriate school behavior, and the faculty and staff reinforces those desired behaviors with lessons and discussions that model appropriate behaviors.

COLT Goals: Below are the four basic expectations of MES students as they interact within the school learning environment.

COLT Creed: I am a Colt student because I am: Caring, On task, Learning and Trustworthy.

Expectations: The COLT Creed states the main rules at MES. Teachers emphasize the following expectations when modeling and teaching these goals:

  • Be respectful.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
  • Follow directions the first time given.
  • Complete all assignments to the best of your ability.
  • Use inside voices and best behavior inside the building.
  • Do your BEST!

The children are taught how these goals look and sound in all school settings (classroom, hallway, cafeteria, playground, restrooms, bus, etc.). Teachers spend much time teaching and modeling the appropriate behaviors, especially the first few weeks of school. The faculty and staff reinforce these appropriate behaviors by redirecting and modeling.

This proactive approach has documented benefits: less student frustration, fewer suspensions, less violent behavior, less disruptive classroom behavior, less vandalism, improved morale among students and staff, improved attendance, and an increased development of students’ pro-social skills and responsible behavior. Most importantly, students learn to take responsibility for their own behavior.

“Uncle Tyrone, through an entertaining way, was instrumental in helping us with supporting the message of making good choices,” said Stamm.

posted 09.19.2012

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