Midway Middle School
School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
“Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow”
School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)
The classroom management and discipline plan for Midway Middle School has been developed using School-Wide Positive Behavior Support guidelines. An important part of the plan is teaching the expected behaviors in eight specific areas of the school: classroom, library, gymnasium, cafeteria, restrooms, hallway, bus, and arrival/dismissal areas. Reminding students of the expectations through re-teaching is also a part of the process throughout the school year. Students are rewarded “greenies” to encourage compliance with the expectations, and offered incentive events throughout the year as another reward for following expectations.
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is systematic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior with all students. SWPBS is a general approach to preventing problem behavior for all students. SWPBS is a combination of effective practices that: teaches and encourages respectful, responsible behaviors and uses data continuously to support decision-making. It also creates an individualized, total school climate that supports staff and student behavior and encourages family engagement.
The outcomes of utilizing SWPBS are: increased instructional time, improved staff and student attendance, increased student proficiency, increased parent participation and partnerships, improved community involvement and support, and a decrease in staff turnover.
Every classroom teacher will develop rules and expectations for acceptable behavior for his/her classroom in compliance with the overall school plan. The rules and expectations will be communicated to the students and parents/guardians. The teacher will handle consequences for violations of the classroom rules. When inappropriate behavior from a particular student continues to occur, an office referral form becomes necessary.
The Roane County Middle/High Schools Office Referral Form (SWIS/ODR) will be used to record inappropriate behavioral events resulting in an office visit. Students and parents will receive a copy of the referral, which provides information on the Problem Behaviors, Possible Motivation, Others Involved, Administrative Action, and Student Response. The problem behaviors are identified based on consistent definitions for the types of unacceptable behavior which result in office referrals. The information from the Office Discipline Referral (ODR) form is recorded on a web-based discipline site called School-Wide Information System (SWIS).
The three school-wide rules are: Be Ready, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. The preferred method of handling student behavior will always be the positive approach, with rewards given to encourage and acknowledge students that are exhibiting the desired behavior.
Midway Middle School also uses The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Olweus is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. It is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program with the purpose of improving peer relations and making the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop. The goals of the program are to: reduce existing bullying problems among students, prevent the development of new bullying problems, and achieve better peer relations at school.
Midway Middle School Behavioral Expectations Matrix
• Bring all supplies: books, paper, writing utensils, etc.
• Have homework completed at the beginning of class.
• Be on time.
• Be in assigned seat.
• Take care of personal needs (water, restroom) prior to class.
• Dress appropriately.
• Focus on directions given.
• Stay actively involved during the entire class period.
• Use time wisely.
• Ask for help when needed.
• Take care of the materials and work space.
• Mind our own business.
• Organize our own personal belongings and materials.
• Listen while someone else is talking.
• Use property as it was intended to be used.
• Leave other’s belongings alone.
• Leave work area clean and neat.
• Keep our hands to ourselves.
• Use appropriate, non-offensive vocabulary and gestures.
• Have hall pass or note from teacher, if not during transition.
• Have only conversations which can be heard at an arm’s length.
• Dress appropriately.
• Talk without using profanity or offensive language.
• Show no public display of affection.
• Refrain from horseplay.
• Leave room for people to come and go down the hallway.
• Keep hands and feet to ourselves.
• Pick up what we drop.
• Pick up anything that needs to be picked up.
• Have money/number ready to pay.
• Remember food choice made.
• Get utensils/all food items before being seated.
• Know assigned number.
• Clean up area after eating.
• Use arm’s length voices.
• Keep food on trays.
• Walk to line up and return to class appropriately.
• Pay as you go- without accumulating excessive charges.
• Speak politely.
• Allow your classmates their personal space.
• Use good table manners.
• Use school and personal property appropriately.
• Know the bus rules.
• Be on time.
• Know bus number and driver’s name.
• Stay in assigned area/seat.
• Notify the driver of problems.
• Keep bus clean.
• Maintain an arm’s length conversational distance tone.
• Be aware of other’s needs.
• Keep hands and feet to self.
• Keep conversations audible to less than arm’s length away.
• Place litter in appropriate receptacles.
• Treat property as function intended.
• Use appropriate, non-offensive language and gestures.
• Use the nearest facility.
• Go directly to and from the restroom.
• Use during break time.
• Notify staff of problems.
• Use facilities as intended.
• Use restroom supplies appropriately.
• Use trash receptacles.
• Be mindful of other people’s privacy.
• Return books/materials on time.
• Bring needed materials.
• Use time wisely.
• Ask for help when needed.
• Return items in same condition.
• Put items back in appropriate place.
• Enter and exit quietly.
• Take care of our library books.
• Give others their personal space.
• Use whisper voices in the library.
• Know expectations of activity.
• Know where to be.
• Wear appropriate footwear.
• Leave food and/or drinks outside.
• Follow all safety rules.
• Take care of all equipment and materials.
• Be actively involved in directed events.
• Be free of horseplay.
• Listen and follow instructions.
• Use equipment properly.
• Remain in assigned areas before and after school.
• Have materials ready for going home before bell rings.
• Know bus number and have signed note if any change from routine is necessary.
• Have dismissal arrangements made prior to beginning of school day.
• Use the correct door.
• Report to the assigned areas upon arrival.
• Arrive and depart in orderly fashion.
• Bring written excuse for all absences/check-outs upon return. Must be brought to office before the 1st bell rings to go to homeroom class.
• Arrive after 7:45 AM and before 8:15 AM.
• Be free of horseplay during arrival and departure.
• Walk as we enter and exit.
• Use arm’s length conversational distance.
• Go to assigned area.
• Remove hats upon entering the building.
Each student will begin the semester with a clean slate. Only the end-of-the-year event will use office referrals over the entire year to determine a student’s eligibility. The goal of SWPBS is for students to exhibit appropriate behavior that provides a safe and orderly learning environment. Constant disruptions by inappropriate behavior in the classroom affect the learning of all the students. Learning time must be valued and protected.
Classroom teachers will document student behavior violations. Grade level teams of teachers will meet weekly for planning and developing strategies for success for each student. When a student accumulates 3 documented behavior reports in any one class, an ODR will be completed by the teacher, and the student will be referred to the office. With each additional behavior report during the semester, he/she will receive an office referral.
1st Office Referral Warning, Parent Contact, Loss of Privileges
(Lunch and Healthy Living in Office)
2nd Office Referral 1/2 day Time in Office
3rd Office Referral 1 day Time in Office
4th Office Referral 2 days Time in Office
5th Office Referral In-School Suspension at Midtown Educational Center (MEC)
Dress code and cell phone/personal communication device violations receive automatic office referrals. Midway Middle School SWPBS also includes a severe clause which will result in an automatic office referral for behavior that affects the safety of our students (i.e., fighting.) Consequences for these violations are listed in the Roane County Schools Student Code of Conduct pamphlet for the 2014-2015 school year. All In-School Suspensions must be served at Midtown Educational Center.
Rewards and Incentive Items/Events
MMS emphasizes positive reinforcement. Students who have no office referrals or classroom behavior violations during the week will receive 5 greenies added to their Greenie Bank Account on Friday of that week.
Each 9-week period, students will have the opportunity to participate in an incentive event chosen by the student council. All eligible students must use 5 greenies to attend. Students are allowed a maximum of 1 referral. Students who have received 2 or more office referrals, or served Time in Office for a full day, or served ISS at MEC, are not eligible for incentive events. Each semester begins with every student having a clean slate and a new opportunity to improve his/her behavior and attend the incentive event.
Only the students who have exhibited exemplary behavior throughout the school year are eligible for the end-of-the-year incentive event. Students who have received 2 or more office referrals, or served Time in Office for a full day, or served ISS at MEC, over the course of the entire school year, are not eligible. This event is also chosen by the student council.
Consequences for Being Unprepared/Tardy for Class
Unprepared students are not utilizing the opportunity to learn. Students must have pencils, paper, textbooks, and other items necessary for completing classroom tasks. Classroom teachers may create competitions to encourage every student to be prepared daily. After 4, documented, unprepared events, the student will be assigned a “silent lunch time” to develop a plan for improving preparedness. Silent lunch will be supervised by teachers, the principal, or staff. Failure to comply with the “silent” time will result in additional lunch times away from classmates and friends. When a student reaches his/her 5th assignment to Silent Lunch, an ODR will be completed and the student will be referred to the office.
Parents of chronically unprepared students will be contacted, and the students may receive after school detention. Students may also be referred to our school counselor and/or have an individual behavior plan developed. Check In/Check Out (CICO) is also an option.
Opportunities to Complete Assignments
MMS has developed consistent expectations for completion of work. During the school day, a special extra learning opportunity called M.A.S.H. is scheduled either before or after lunch in place of Healthy Living time. Each grade level is assigned to a specific team of teachers for M.A.S.H. Teachers from each team are assigned a particular day to monitor and provide help for that grade level: Math on Mondays, Language Arts on Tuesdays, Science on Wednesdays, and History (Social Studies) on Thursdays. All teachers may assign students M.A.S.H. time if the re-teaching of a particular skill is necessary. Teachers reserve the right to limit the number of days a student attends M.A.S.H. This time is set aside for students who need extra help. We want to make sure all students, if possible, are participating in our Healthy Living time. Any student with homework, regardless of the subject, can come on any day to complete assignments with approval from a teacher. If a student has work that is overdue, he/she is expected to attend M.A.S.H. On any day that an assignment is not complete, students will be scheduled for this additional academic time. Students who need organizational skills may be referred to Check In/Check Out (CICO).
Each student will have the opportunity to finish an assignment in M.A.S.H. If an assignment is due in the morning, prior to the scheduled M.A.S.H. time, the student may go to M.A.S.H. and finish the assignment. If the assignment is not finished in M.A.S.H. and not completed by class time the following day, the student must attend Homework Intervention Tutoring after school that day, unless it is a Friday. If it is a Friday, the student will be required to stay the following Monday, or the first day tutoring is available, for Homework Intervention Tutoring. Homework Intervention Tutoring is only offered Monday through Friday while school is in session. If the assignment is not turned in completed by class time the following day, the student will be referred to our school counselor to determine what issues are causing the student to be unable to finish assignments. CICO may be needed. Our goal is for every student to complete all assignments.
Extra time will be provided if needed.
In addition to M.A.S.H., we have “Crunch Time”. Crunch Time is our morning tutoring time. Any student may attend Crunch Time. The class begins at 7:30 A.M. and continues until the morning bell at 8:12 A.M. Students may eat breakfast in Crunch Time. This class provides the last opportunity before morning classes to get required assignments completed or to receive additional help in any subject. If a student is not getting assignments completed, the grade level team or principal may assign Crunch Time. Parents or students may also request the class.
Academics must be the first priority of our students. If the student fails to complete assignments, the student may not participate in practice or games until the work is completed.
Students may not walk to Midway High School or Midway Elementary School to attend band, football, softball, basketball, or cheerleading practice or games after serving detention or attending tutoring, because a transfer of supervision to the parent/guardian or parent/guardian’s designee is required.