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"Be school-ready. Hangout at recess."
1. Take turns talking - Raise hands.
2. Use self-control - "Boss #1"
3. Follow directions - "Boss #2"
4. Respect others.
a. Use positive words.
b. Maintain personal space.
c. Minimize distractions.
Mission StatementsI come to school every day with a S.M.I.L.E. Set the stage for learning with a positive learning environment; Make every child feel special; Interact with and inform students, parents, and colleagues in creative ways; be a Life-Long Learner; and Exceed expectations with every opportunity to guarantee success. Smiles are contagious and can grow from within everyone.
"Our mission at the Swarthmore-Rutledge School is to enable our students to experience academic and social success through a sound, student-centered instructional program. Character education and social awareness learning opportunities are provided within a positive and supportive school community. The goal is for our students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, with genuine respect for diversity and social responsibility, and a live-long love of learning. "
"Who's the Boss?"
A concept I teach each of my students is that everyone has a boss. The best boss to have is yourself - a.k.a. "Boss #1" Everyone prefers to tell themselves what to do as opposed to others telling them what to do. If Boss #1 fails to do his/her job, then Boss #2 (parents at home & teacher at school) has to be in charge. The principal is Boss #3 when Bosses #2 need help.
This concept fits well with our four cornerstones of character education.