Behavior Expectations

  • Pawsitive Behavior Expectations

    • Be Safe
    • Be Responsible
    • Be Respectful
    • Follow Directions
    • Do Your Best!

    Benson Hill students who follow school PAWSITIVE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS strengthen the healthy school climate at Benson Hill. Student behavior expectations are taught by all school staff at the beginning of each school year and reinforced during the year. Students are recognized regularly by staff members for their positive behavior. 

    When students do not follow school behavior expectations, staff members will work earnestly to teach and re-teach expectations repeatedly so that students will make safe and respectful choices. Staff members will confer with students when a rule has been broken or an expectation is not met. In our conferences, we help students to identify the behavior concern and to practice safe and responsible choices. Students may be issued a Minor or Major Discipline Referral for not following behavior expectations. In order to ensure communication and partnership with families and school, classroom teachers will contact parents regarding minor discipline referrals and an administrator for major discipline referrals.

    Benson Hill is committed to promoting our positive learning environment through weekly, monthly, and periodic incentives,

    Positive Incentives

    Benson Hill is committed to promoting our PBIS system through our weekly, monthly, and periodic incentives.

    Daily: Individual Bobcats can earn Pawsitive Tickets for demonstrating our Pawsitive Expectations.

    Weekly: One Bobcat from each class is selected from those who earned Pawsitive tickets and is recognized as a Pawsitive Behavior Bobcat in Monday morning announcements. Students earn a special prize and have their photo on the recognition wall.

    Monthly: Exceptional classroom students will earn Pizza with the Principal which is celebrated the first Thursday of each month.

    Bobcat Assemblies are held monthly – typically on the last Friday of the month – to celebrate filling our positive ticket bin, to highlight class learning, and to celebrate special school wide events.

    In addition, any Bobcats who receive no minor or major discipline referrals will earn extra recess (“Way to Go Recess) or activity at the end of each month when they have not received a major or minor referral.  Students who do not earn extra recess or activity, process with an administrator in “Way to Go Next Time” and are encouraged to set a goal to earn the extra recess the following month.

    Each Trimester: As each of our Bobcats receive Pawsitive tickets we continue to fill our ticket bin. When the bin is filled, we celebrate with a school-wide celebration.

    Minor Discipline Referrals:

    If a student is not following the PAWSITIVE Behavior Expectations, a minor referral will be written to communicate the behavior concern with the student and family. Any staff can issue a minor referral. Teachers will also communicate the behavior incident with parents by phone or email and partner together to determine ongoing support for students. The student will be retaught the expected behavior and a relevant intervention or consequence will be given. The student will take home the white copy of the referral form to return with a parent signature.

     Major Discipline Referrals:

    Students will receive major discipline referrals for persistent behavior that disrupts the learning environment and/or health and safety of students at Benson Hill. Major Discipline referrals are intended as a teaching tool for problem-solving behavioral incidents where staff and parents partner to communicate and support students. An administrator will call home and send the white copy of the form home. The student will take home the white copy of the referral form to return with a parent signature.

    The following behaviors are unacceptable at school and will result in serious consequences:

    • BRINGING A WEAPON OR A TOY WEAPON TO SCHOOL
    • MAKING THREATS TO THE SAFETY OF OTHERS
    • SEVERE MISCONDUCT IN WHICH LEGAL ACTIONS MAY RESULT
      • HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF A WEAPON AT SCHOOL AND NOT REPORTING THIS INFORMATION TO SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS
    • BULLYING and/or HARASSMENT