Millbrook Elementary has a school-wide code of conduct that supports a positive approach system of rules for all students that reinforces good character--CARES (Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, Self Control). Each month we focus on one attribute and celebrate students that are consistently exhibiting the trait. We seek to explicitly teach and recognize students daily for their effort in displaying the following indicators.
Cooperation--I show Cooperation
I am part of a community. I work with others respectfully to share resources, take my turn, and help us achieve our goals. I do what is asked of me, even if I might not always want to. I ask, “What do others need from me so we all do our best?” Looks Like/Sounds Like: Accept/give a compliment, give/offer help when needed, greet people (classmates, visitors, ect), friendly 2-way conversation, introduce yourself, make a choice with a partner, paraphrase what someone said, share information, show appreciation for help, a gift, or favor, wait one’s turn in line, to speak, share
Assertiveness--I am Assertive.
My voice matters. I speak up when I see injustice or unfair treatment of others. I use my words to advocate for what I need. I ask, “How can I make a positive change so the world is a more kind and caring place?” Looks Like/Sounds Like: Ask for help/make requests, decline help, respectfully disagree, respond if someone cuts in front of them in line, respond if someone mispronounces name wrong, tell someone to stop doing something that’s unsafe or bothering them
Responsibility--I am Responsible.
I do the right thing, even when no one is looking. When I see something wrong, I take action to make it right. If I make a mistake, I take responsibility and work to repair my wrong. I ask, “What is the right thing to do?” Looks Like/ Sounds Like: Admit they made a mistake, acknowledge that they broke something, apologize, blow their nose, sneeze, cough, pick up trash and throw it away, put belongings away neatly, tell an adult if someone is hurt
Empathy--I show Empathy.
I put myself in someone else’s shoes. I commit to treating others as I want to be treated. I look at issues from other people’s point of view. I ask, “How would this make me feel?” Looks Like/Sounds Like: Ask a question that reflects interests, make an empathetic comment, respect personal space, respond if someone looks sad or hurt, take care of someone who goes to time out, take care of someone who loses a game, take care of someone who makes an accidental body noise
Self-Control--I show self-control.
I think before speaking or acting. I use strategies to manage my emotions when I am upset or angry. I ask, “What might happen if I make this choice?” Looks Like/Sounds Like: Accept “no” as an answer, calm down, clap politely, refrain from calling out or making a comment when someone is talking, sit still during a read aloud, show excitement or other strong emotions without disturbing others, talk quietly, walk, not run, wait for a turn in a game, at water fountain, in line and so on.