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Behavior Expectations and Discipline Procedures for Third Graders



In the third grade we encourage and expect our students to behave appropriately and do their part to create a positive classroom climate.  We spend time early in the school year teaching appropriate and expected behavior, and we feel strongly that good behavior is the result of parents, teachers, and students working together to establish positive relationships.  Here are general classroom rules that will be applied throughout the year for third graders in all areas of the school:


  • Follow directions

·Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

  • No swearing or teasing
  • Bring all necessary materials to class

·No talking in hallway


We have a school-wide discipline policy.  Consequences are presented to the students based on the number of offenses committed.  Teachers discuss expected behaviors with students, and the responsibility is placed where it belongs... with the students.  We have organized consequences into a discipline hierarchy.  The hierarchy is progressive:


1st offense = Warning

2nd offense = Time out

3rd offense = Behavior Improvement Plan (BIP)

4th offense = Phone call to parent

5th offense = Meet with the principal

6th offense = Meeting with principal & parents

7th offense = In-school suspension

8th offense = Out-of-School suspension

9th offense = Expulsion


There are seven possible categories that will be considered when applying the discipline hierarchy:


Be prompt and prepared

Respect authority

Respect the rights of others

Respect property

Display a concern for learning

Display appropriate social skills

Display appropriate character


I appreciate your support and will do my personal best to keep you well informed about your child’s behavior and effort at school.  Please contact me if you have any concerns throughout the year regarding behavior expectations or discipline procedures.