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Title: Bruce Elementary School-wide Discipline Plan 2009-2010

Bruce Elementary School-wide Discipline Plan
  • 581 South Bellevue Boulevard
  • Memphis, Tennessee 38104
  • Martha J. Tipton, Principal

Guiding Principles
  • Beliefs
  • Academic success is our primary focus.
  • Every student should learn to respect themselves,
    peers, faculty, staff, administrators, and
    community members.
  • Reading and writing are essential elements in the
    learning process.
  • Instruction should take place through a variety
    of approaches.

  • School Character Points
  • Brilliant Individuals Preparing for Tomorrow
  • Respectful of Self and Others
  • Unified for Success
  • Caring, Cooperative and Creative
  • Eager to Learn
  • Values
  • Each student is a unique person with dignity and
    worth, and has the ability and right to learn.
  • Parents and community members provide a variety
    of opportunities for students to develop a
    positive self-concept and possibilities for
    academic success.

  • At Bruce Elementary School we envision a
    learning community composed of parents, students,
    faculty and neighborhood stakeholders who embrace
    data-driven instruction and respond to the
    diversity of the student population.

  • Our mission is to recognize the uniqueness of
    each student and to provide challenging programs
    that promote academic, social, physical, and
    aesthetic development essential for becoming a
    productive citizen in the 21st Century.

Philosophy Statement
  • Our philosophy is to provide an educational
    approach which encourages the development of
    aesthetic, social, physical, creative and
    emotional aspects of each student. As caring and
    attentive role models, we will provide Bruce
    students with the guidance necessary to prepare
    them for future academic and emotional

Goals and/or Objectives
  • Our primary goal is to increase the amount
  • of time on task in every classroom.
  • Our objectives are
  • Decrease the number of student referrals by 50
  • Decrease the number of Out-of-School Suspensions
    by 50
  • Decrease the number of students referred to
    In-School Suspension by 50

MCS Discipline Committee Worksheet 2008-2009
  • Name of School
  • Bruce Elementary
  • Discipline Committee is representative of the
    school faculty and
  • includes an administrator.
  • Fill in the names of committee
  • members and designate a Team
  • Leader (TL)
  • Indicates members mandated by MEA contract

Principal Martha J. Tipton
Assistant Principal None
Professional School CounselorTheresa Herington
School Psychologist
General Education Teacher(s) Lisa Waddell
MEA RepresentativeMyra Terry
Elected Teacher(s) (2) Loretta Farmer, Estella Phipps
Special Education Teacher(s) Marilyn James
Related Arts Teacher(s) Danny Gullett, P.E. Teacher
Educational Assistant(s)/ Non-Certified Staff
Community Member
Parent(s) Charlotte Golden, Daryl Henderson
Central Office or Board of Education Member
Cafeteria Staff
Bus Driver
Other ISS Assistant, Beverly Collins
Discipline Committee
  • The Discipline Committee will meet according to
    meeting schedule and as necessary.
  • Team Leader, Loretta Farmer will be responsible
    for compiling data from the DATA Website.
  • A Complete Meeting Schedule for the year is
    included as part of our School-wide Dicipline

Meeting ScheduleSee Next Slide for Further
20 Day Reporting Period Approximate Dates of Reporting Periods All data for period entered into system (A) Discipline Committee meeting dates (B) Faculty meeting dates to report interpretation of 20 day data (C)
1 8/11/08-9/8/08 9/15/08 9/22/08 9/24/08
2 9/9/08-10/6/08 10/9/08 10/13/08 10/13/08
3 10/7/08-11/5/08 11/7/08 11/19/08 11/19/08
4 11/6/08-12/8/08 12/12/08 12/17/08 12/17/08
5 12/9/08-1/21/09 1/23/09 1/28/09 1/28/09
6 1/22/09-2/17/09 2/20/09 2/25/09 2/25/09
7 2/20/09-3/26/09 3/27/09 4/1/09 4/1/09
8 3/27/09-4/24/09 4/27/09 4/29/09 4/29/09
9 4/27/09-5/22/09 5/27/09 5/27/09 5/27/09
(A) Data should be entered promptly to enable
review of accurate data. Deadline for data entry
is the Friday following the end of the reporting
period. Principal should identify person
responsible for entering behavior data. Name and
title of data entry designee Deanna Cole,
General Office Secretary (B) Committee should
meet within one week of final data entry for
reporting period. Enter projected meeting dates
in this column. Identify team member responsible
for data summary to report to Discipline
Committee. Name and title Loretta Farmer, Team
Leader Determine how you wish to examine your
data by location, by student, by infraction, by
time of day, number of referrals per day per
month. Also consider office referral procedures
and data integrity. (C) Faculty meeting to
discuss behavior should be held within a week of
the Discipline Committee meeting. Enter
projected dates in this column. Identify persons
responsible for sharing data trends for previous
reporting period with the faculty. Name and
title Martha Tipton, Principal Team may wish to
lead faculty in brainstorming intervention
strategies based on data. Share successes and
areas of continued efforts.
School Rules
  • School Rules
  • Be Present
  • Be Prompt
  • Be Prepared
  • Be Positive
  • Be Proud
  • Classroom Rules
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Cooperative
  • Follow Directions
  • Keep Hands and Feet to Self

Classroom Keep the classroom neat and clean Help a friend complete a task Listen quietly while others are speaking Take care of classroom materials Follow classroom and school-wide procedures Tell an adult about a problem
Dining Room Speak with a quiet voice Clean up your area before leaving Help a friend who spills something Follow the directions of the monitors Practice good table manners Always say please and thank you Food items are not to be thrown Quickly pick spilled food items Keep hands and feet to yourself both in line and at your table
Hallway Look at displays only Be very quiet Put trash in the trash can Walk to the right Give the person in front of you walking space Follow the directions of your teacher Stay with your teacher Watch your step and stay in line Walk ONLY
Restroom Clean up behind yourself Let a teacher know if a student is ill Always give others privacy Pick up paper and trash Wait your turn Remember to flush Only use toilet paper and water for personal use Report any misconduct to your teacher
How We Teach the Rules and Procedures
  • During the first week of school, each teacher
    discusses and explains the classroom and school
    rules and procedures with their students.
  • Teachers will model expected behaviors and
    conduct exercises that reinforce school rules.
  • Incentives will be in place for students
    displaying positive behavior.
  • Rules and procedures will be posted.
  • Parents will be provided a copy of the
    student/parent handbook.
  • All procedures will be discussed and explained to
    parents during parent conferences and or

Teaching Behavioral Expectations
  • School-wide rules are developed and reviewed
    yearly by the School Discipline Committee. These
    rules are displayed and explained to students and
    staff at the beginning of the year.
  • Each classroom and support teacher establishes
    rules. The rules, classroom management
    techniques, and consequences are communicated and
    reviewed periodically so that the students are
    knowledgeable of them. Copies are sent to
    parents for understanding and reinforcement at
  • During Open House and other parent/teacher
    opportunities, teachers reiterate the importance
    of the school and class rules. Parents have the
    opportunity to ask questions and discuss any
    rules/procedures that they have concerns about.

School Procedures
  • Procedures for Entering School
  • Doors open at 700 a.m. for breakfast and close
    at 720 a.m.
  • All students on campus at 700 a.m. must enter
    the dining room and remain there until 720 a.m.
  • Students arriving after 720 a.m. must enter the
    building through the front entrance.
  • Procedures for Dismissal
  • Students are escorted out their designated exits
    by their classroom teachers. All teachers have
    designated areas to monitor ensuring that
    students leave campus promptly.
  • Lunchroom Procedures
  • Students are escorted to the lunchroom at their
    designated lunch time. Students are expected to
    follow all posted rules. A time-out area is
    provided for students who fail to comply.
    Wednesdays and Fridays are Silent Days.
  • Assemblies
  • Students are escorted to the multipurpose room by
    their teachers and are seated in assigned grade
    level sections. All students must exhibit good
    behavior during assemblies, or they may be
    excluded from attending.

Classroom Procedures
  • Individual classroom schedules will be posted
    outside the classroom door. A duplicate copy of
    the schedule will be available in the office for
    reference. Time must be accountable within each
  • Immediately upon entering the classroom, the
    teacher will have independent student activities
    available for class.
  • Every student must carry a hall pass when outside
    the classroom
  • All students will raise their hand and wait to be
    recognized. This procedure will be used in the
    classroom, during assemblies, and in the dining
  • Teachers/Adults will raise their hands and
    students will follow suit in order to attain
  • Cooperative learning groups will be implemented
    within each classroom.
  • Classrooms will be organized in a manner that
    accommodates large and small group instruction as
    well as literacy centers.
  • Each classroom teacher will have a procedure for
    collecting and accounting for daily class work
    and homework assignments.

School Wide Incentives
  • Students are awarded certificates/ribbons for
    good citizenship and excellent conduct during
    Honors Programs each six weeks report card
  • Any faculty/staff may recognize a student caught
    doing the right thing and announce his/her name
    via intercom during morning announcements.
    Students may also receive a special pencil from
    the Principal when they are caught doing the
    right thing.
  • Adopters also provide a Grill Thrill for students
    who have E or S in conduct during the first six
    weeks of school.

Teacher Incentives
  • Procedures for recognizing and encouraging
    positive teacher interaction
  • Behavior and attendance charts are posted outside
    each classroom.
  • (see sample chart on following page, 20)
  • If there are no behavior infractions by the end
    of the day, the class gets a green mark on the
    chart. ?
  • If there are behavior infractions the class gets
    a red mark for the day. ?
  • The teacher records the daily attendance.
  • (Target goal is 99-100 percent) ?
  • If the class has all green/? marks for the entire
    week, and 99-100 attendance for the week, they
    may be out of uniform the following Friday.

___ Year_________Teacher__________________
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Resources for Incentives
  • Adopters
  • Community agencies businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Fundraisers
  • Churches
  • Parent organizations

General Procedure for Dealing with Problem
Observe problem behavior
Is behavior major?
Find a place to talk with student(s)
Ensure safety
Problem solve
Write referral Escort student to office
Problem solve
Determine consequence
Determine consequence
Follow procedure documented
Follow documented procedure
Does student have 3?
Follow through with consequences
File necessary documentation
Send referral to office
File necessary documentation
Follow up with student within a week
Character Education
  • Character Education is taught by the school
    counselor during classroom sessions and during
    quiet days in the cafeteria by the principal
  • Each week a character trait is introduced during
    morning announcements
  • MCS Family Life Education and Health and Wellness
    Curricula is taught in Physical Education and
    regular classrooms

ATOD Prevention
  • Mendez Too Good for Drugs
  • Just Say No to Drugs Annual Parade
  • Red Ribbon Week Activities
  • Family Life Curriculum
  • McGruffs Crack Down On Drugs Presentation
  • D.A.R.E. (Drugs Abuse Resistance Education)

Sexual Harassment
  • Annual Sexual Harassment training was done with
    faculty on August 4, 2008.
  • Bullying Policy 6.304 was reviewed with faculty
    on September 24, 2008.

Bullying Prevention
  • Training with faculty regarding prevention
    including defining bullying/intimidation,
    recognizing early stages, providing strategies
    for addressing was done on August 4, 2008. (Board
    Policy 6.304)
  • Training of students on this policy will be
    implemented by the school counselor during
    individual classroom visits and on individual
    basis as needed throughout the school year.

School Safety Plan
  • Please indicate the date your plan was submitted
    September 30, 2008
  • Dates for drills Monthly
  • Dates for training Each Semester
  • Dates for plan review Each Semester

Monitoring Process
  • School, classroom and individual discipline data
    is analyzed bi-weekly by teachers and the school
    discipline committee.
  • Adjustments are made to the school-wide
    discipline plan as needed.
  • Mentors are provided for new teachers.
  • The S-team process is used to develop/modify
    intervention plans for students with at-risk

Action Steps
EBS Benchmark Indicator Date to Monitor Improvement Ongoing Action
School-wide 1 3-5 Positively stated school-wide rules posted Every Six Weeks Morning Announcements Video skits, Opportunities for frequent repetition for students and staff
Non Classroom 2 School-wide expected student behaviors will be taught in non classroom settings Daily Discipline committee will brainstorm with faculty and staff to develop and formalize lesson plans for Cafeteria
Classroom 2 Problem behaviors are defined clearly Each Twenty Day Attendance Period Discipline Committee will monitor office referrals every twenty day attendance period
Individual 1 Assessments are conducted regularly to identify students with chronic behavior problems Each Twenty Day Attendance Period Discipline committee will review office referrals and determine which students to refer to the S-Team
Prevention Programs
Program Person Responsible Audience Timeline
Character Education School Counselor Principal Classroom Teachers Para Professionals Grades Pre-K through 5 School Year 2008-2009 Daily
Just Say No School Counselor Classroom Teachers Community Agencies Grades Pre-K through 5 October, 2008 Red Ribbon Week
Mendez Too Good for Drugs Classroom Teachers Grades 1 through 5 October, 2008 Red Ribbon Week
School Nurse Presentations School Nurse Grades 4 and 5 School Year 2008-2009 Second Semester
Intervention Plan
  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences
  • Behavior Plan/Contracts
  • Loss of Privileges/Incentives
  • Targeted Incentive Programs for Specific Students
  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • In-School Suspension (ISS)
  • Out-of-School Suspensions

In-School Suspension Plan
  • The principal will decide whether the behavior
    infraction warrants ISS and the number of days
  • Parents will be notified through written and
    telephone communication
  • when a student is assigned to ISS
  • The ISS Assistant will also be given a copy of
    the ISS notice.
  • Students will eat lunch and take restroom breaks
    separately from the rest of the student body
  • The ISS Assistant will remain with the student at
    all times
  • Students will be excluded from support classes
  • The classroom teacher will provide assignments,
    materials and supplies
  • Intermediate students will write a plan of
    action that will be reviewed by the teacher,
    counselor, and principal for approval
  • Primary students will draw a picture as a plan
    of action that will be reviewed by the teacher,
    counselor, and principal for approval
  • The ISS Assistant will keep a notebook of
    Students assigned to ISS including the
    infraction, arrival and departure dates and times

Secondary Intervention Evaluation
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of our plan the
    discipline team will monitor disciplinary
    referrals every twenty days. The team will look
    for trends and establish new proactive measures
    when necessary. The discipline team will
    determine if interventions are working and make
    adjustments as needed.

Tertiary Interventions
  • The School Support Team will identify and plan
    for students who require additional support
    through the use of referral data. When students
    are referred to the office for the third time the
    Support Team Process will begin.
  • Functional Behavior Assessments and/or
    comprehensive Behavior Intervention Plans will be
    developed for these students.
  • The success of the interventions will be
    monitored by the frequency of the behavioral

Frequency Table Fighting Insubordination Immoral/Disreputable Conduct Misconduct Threats Bullying Intimidation
2006-2007 45 14 3 39 11
2007-2008 18 7 0 44 5
  • 2006-2007 More referrals were made for fighting
    and misconduct than any other
  • behaviors.
  • 2007-2008 Again, more referrals were made for
    fighting and misconduct,
  • however, the number of
    decreased by 40 and misconduct increased
  • by 8.

Green zone 0 1, yellow zone 2 5, red zone 6
office referrals
Tertiary Prevention Specialized
Individualized Systems for Students with
High-Risk Behavior
Secondary Prevention Specialized Group Systems
for Students with At-Risk Behavior
Primary Prevention School-/Classroom- Wide
Systems for All Students, Staff, Settings
92 of Students
Computation for Triangle
  • 1. 6 office referrals (red zone) 12
  • Divide by number in student body for
  • 2 5 office referrals (yellow zone) 23
    Divide by number in student body for in yellow
  • 3. 1 office referral 38
  • 4. 0 1 office referral (green zone)
    441(add 3 and 4)
  • Divide by number in student body for
  • 4. Total students referred (total of first 3
    lines) 73
  • Divide by number in student body for students
    referred of student body was referred
  • Total Student Body476

  • Caught Doing the Right Thing Recognition
  • Six Weeks Good Behavior Movies
  • Six Weeks Honors Programs
  • Perfect Attendance Parties/Burger King
  • Faculty Recognition/Perfect Attendance
  • End-of Year Awards (Bicycles)
  • Faculty and Staff Luncheon

  • The School-wide Behavior Plan is an ongoing
    process. It was developed to create a conducive
    learning environment by a select group of
    individuals and ratified by the entire faculty,
    staff and school administration at Bruce
    Elementary. All stakeholders will share the
    responsibility of providing a safe and nurturing
    learning environment that promotes academic
    achievement and empowers students to become
    caring, responsible and successful.

Plan for Support Monitoring
  • By the end of September submit Discipline Plan to
    District Coach and Academic Superintendent for
    your region. Includes
  • Team Members and Team Leader
  • Meeting Schedule for year
  • TIC (also submitted to Coach Oct., Jan., Apr.)
  • Action Plan (based on EBS results)
  • Ongoing training for Team Leaders and others will
    be provided throughout the school year

District PBIS Coaches
  • Northeast Region, Academic Supt. Kevin McCarthy
  • Charlotte Baucom,
  • Southeast Region, Academic Supt. Dr. Terrence
  • Ashley Faulk,
  • Northwest Region, Academic Supt. Catherine Battle
  • Brady Henderson,
  • Southwest Region, Academic Supt. William Rhodes
  • Ann Sharp,
  • Striving Schools, Academic Supt. Dr. Roderick
  • Carolyn Matthews,
  • Center for Safe Drug Free Schools
  • 416-4240 fax 416-4221