Student Conduct at Chewonki
Students are expected:
- to arrive with a positive attitude and ready to learn
- able to follow instructions
- able to work independently at grade level
- able to function within a group and collaborate with small partner groups
- capable of making transitions smoothly
- able to respond to redirection when necessary
Because of the nature of this school program, it is essential that students have a solid understanding of group safety and protocol, and a willingness to function as one member of a larger group. Appropriate care of oneself and a healthy attitude about the group’s well-being are important, as our learning often takes place outdoors, in a variety of settings and conditions.
Inside and outside the classroom, students are expected to listen, follow instructions, contribute in positive ways, and behave in a safe and appropriate manner that does not take away from the group’s experience. If a student is having a difficult time doing this, he or she will be given a reminder about classroom expectations. If the student continues to be unable to participate appropriately, he or she will be asked to take a short break from the group to think about what is not working and how he or she can re-enter the group again shortly. The teacher will typically check in with the student during this time to listen and offer suggestions and feedback for success. If for any reason a child continues to struggle with appropriate classroom behavior, he or she will be removed from the classroom setting, the teacher will follow up with him or her, and the parent(s) will be contacted.
Parents will also be notified of a significant or persistent behavioral problem in a timely manner through private teacher communication (phone or email). The goal of teacher and parent communication will be to report events, keep apprised of any changes at home or school, and come up with a plan to help the child succeed. If necessary, the teacher and parents will establish mutually agreed upon goals for the child. At times, the child will help determine goals that he or she can work towards with the support of both teacher and parents.
If goals cannot be met within an allotted time frame, or if a family cannot be supportive of the school’s mission and goals, help from Chewonki administrators will be sought to determine whether the student can continue in the Elementary School.