School Discipline Philosophy
Fundamental to Don Benito Elementary School’s mission is developing children who are thoughtful, caring, and responsible members of our community. We treat our students as individuals, worthy of respect and capable of making good choices. Further, the school utilizes positive incentives to promote and reinforce good behavior while simultaneously enforcing specific consequences for inappropriate behavior.
Incentives include special monthly awards and recognitions, achievement privileges and prizes. Consequences include recess or lunch detention, campus beautification, citations, and, in rare instances, school or home suspension. In addition to this balanced approach, we believe that behaviors are learned and reinforced. As adults, we strive to model desirable behavior and take advantage of “teachable moments.” With the implementation of our social-emotional learning curriculum and increased mindfulness as a school, our students will learn to positively contribute to our school community while learning to work with people from all walks of life.
Students at Don Benito are guided by specific rules and classroom expectations that promote respect, cooperation, courtesy, and acceptance of others. We focus on Character Traits each month with the goal to teach our students to be Safe, Respectful, Responsible and Productive. Staff and students will follow the seven rules:
- We respect each other’s rights, property, opinions, and differences.
- We think before we act and speak.
- We take pride in everything we do: our work, our appearance, and our school.
- We always tell the truth.
- We solve our problems without fighting.
- We use appropriate language.
- We are responsible for our actions.
District-wide rules are listed in detail in the “PUSD Handbook for Appropriate and Expected Standards of Conduct” which is distributed to all families each fall.
The Blue Slips program encourages positive behavior on campus by rewarding students “caught being good.” Don Benito has instituted a school-wide campaign to promote positive character building behaviors. Teachers, administrators, and staff hand out blue Bobcat Bucks to students in grades K-5 for positive behavior they see around campus and/or in the classroom. Teachers collect tickets acquired throughout the week. On the 2nd and 4th Friday morning assemblies, approximately 15 tickets are drawn for upper grades (4th and 5th) and 15 tickets for lower grades (K-1) for a prize. Kinder raffles are drawn in the afternoon of Kinder Spotlight Awards every last Wednesday of the month.
Other Student Awards
Don Benito also recognizes student excellence through a variety of other means including “Spotlight Awards” and Principal Award recipients.