The elementary handbook combines useful day-to-day information with school procedures and policies. Elementary handbooks and the Student Citizenship Handbook will be provided to families at the beginning of the school year. Please contact the school office to request copies.
Guiding Behavior Principles
Sibley Elementary staff will use specific terminology, as explained here, to manage behavior in the building. This plan approaches behavior expectations in a positive way and aims to be effective for all students. We are changing our school behavior terminology from “Above/Below the Line” to “Expected/Unexpected,” to be consistent for all learners and to help provide a clear understanding for everyone. Please contact Principal Scott Sannes if you have any questions.
The Guiding Behavior Principles will be posted in every classroom, as all other rules fall into these three categories, and teachers will spend time discussing these expectations.
Work – Respect – Belong
- Work – Do what you are supposed to be doing, bring the materials and tools needed for the task.
- Respect – Treat other people and their property the way you want to be treated.
- Belong – Be where you are supposed to be and be there on time.
School Behavior Terminology
Teachers will also discuss “expected” and “unexpected” scenarios and may choose to generate a list of situations to decide what each behavior looks like, sounds like and feels like. When students are involved, they share ownership in the expected behaviors for our school.
Expected – Unexpected – Bottom Line/Extremely Unlikely
Bottom Line, or Extremely Unlikely, behaviors are predetermined based on district policy and include inappropriate language, fighting, harassment, weapons violations, and vandalism, along with repeat unexpected behaviors.
- Expected – Behavior is appropriate. Expected behaviors look and sound like what most everyone else is doing; Expected behaviors make others feel safe (and/or calm). These are behaviors for learning.
- Unexpected – Behavior is inappropriate. Unexpected behaviors do not look and sound like what most everyone else is doing; Unexpected behaviors make others feel unsafe (and/or nervous). This is an opportunity to learn/change to an Expected behavior; Consequences are logical and match the situation.
- Bottom Line/Extremely Unlikely – This is an extreme unexpected behavior: and a violation of school district policy. Carry out a Fix-It Plan.
During the school day, students will travel through the building both with staff and as individuals. Hallway expectations are outlined below and should be shared with classes regularly during the first 6-8 weeks of school, and as needed after that. Sibley staff will not use the term “Line Basics” anymore, because not all students are in a line when in the hallway.
- Stand directly behind the person in front of you when in a line.
- Face forward.
- Keep your body to yourself.
- Stay silent.
- Walk on the right side of the hallway.
- Look up and watch where you are walking.