Updated Discipline Plan at West Branch Middle School
The following paragraphs replace the “Discipline” and “Detention” sections on page 7 of the Student Handbook that is located in the Student Planner. (effective 09/27/2013)
WBMS has transitioned to a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports plan to help students manage their behavior. This “PBIS” plan incorporates many of the positive strategies that the middle school already had in place, including a reward system to recognize students who demonstrate positive behavior.
Students who demonstrate excellent behavior worthy of commendation may receive a green Merit Ticket from a teacher or staff member. The student will take the Merit Ticket to the school office to receive a slushy drink and return to class. Sugar-free rewards will also be provided for students who may need an alternative selection. The P.I.E. group has purchased a slushy machine for this purpose. Reward activities will be available quarterly for those students that demonstrate positive behavior by receiving less than 5 demerits in a grading period. The culminating grade level field trips (or other special reward day activities) at the end of the year will be based on the total number of demerits for the year. All students with less than 20 accumulative demerits will be eligible to attend this full day long reward activity.
Students start each grading period with zero demerits. Students may receive a demerit for negative behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct. The number of demerits that warrant a consequence has changed. The following chart shows what consequences will result when certain thresholds of demerits are met in a nine week grading period:
5 demerits = Saturday School Detention and letter home to parents
10 demerits = In School Suspension and Teacher Team initiates RtI tier II supports
15 demerits = Out of School Suspension
20 demerits = Discretion of the Administration
Students may remove demerits from their total by completing after-school “community service” with a teacher. A sign-up sheet will be available in the office to coordinate teachers who need extra help in their classroom and students who desire to work to remove demerits. One hour of work will remove one demerit from the student’s record.
For offenses of the Student Code of Conduct that require a consequence more serious than a demerit, a lunchtime or after-school detention may be assigned.
WBMS will use the six pillars of character found in the Character Counts program during homeroom which will be known as “TRRFCC (“Terrific”Time). TRRFCC stands for:
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.