The Cardinal Way
Over four years ago the high school staff developed the Cardinal Way, a set of behavior expectations for our students. The Cardinal Way was founded around Character, Accountability, Rigor, Dedication and Spirit… CARDS! The Cardinal Way is now used preK-12.
This year the staff have relooked at the Cardinal Way and have updated the expectation matrix (see website). We also looked at how we can reward the many students we have that follow the Cardinal Way every day and truly represent our school and community in a positive way.
On Monday, March 13th, we will be holding two assemblies to share the revised Cardinal Way with the students, and to state how proud we are that many of them make good behavior choices on a daily basis. We will also be introducing to the students the rewards system.
What is the Rewards system? Students will receive tickets when they are observed to follow or go above and beyond the expectations stated in the Cardinal Way expectation matrix. Students will be able to exchange these tickets for small prizes each week. The students came up with many of the ideas for the prizes (including, but not limited to, pencils, homework pass, get to the front of the lunch line, movie ticket, basketball time, free entry to school event, and comfy cushion to use in class). We are establishing a Cardinal Way shop where items ‘for sale’ will have different ticket values. Students may choose to save their tickets and enter into a drawing at the end of each month for a basket of goodies or a gift card. In March we are offering a chocolate basket, April will be a ice cream basket and May a gift voucher.
In addition to tickets, staff will have postcards that they can complete and mail or send home with students to share with you the positive behaviors your student is showing in school.
How can you help? Talk to your students about their behaviors in school, and the importance of appropriate behaviors. Volunteer to help with our Cardinal Way shop on a Friday. Help us with reward items to ‘sell’ in the shop. If you see a student showing these behavior characteristics, or going above and beyond please let Mr Pittman or I know so we can give you a ticket or postcard to present to that student.
Just a reminder...
Students may bring an empty bottle, empty tumbler, or empty travel mug to school, then fill the bottle, tumbler or mug AFTER arriving at school. Drinks opened before entering the building are not allowed in school.
Materials for class.
I have had several questions about which materials are required for JH/HS classes. The following is a list of required items: