Student Behavior

Our vision and rationale for the way we facilitate student behavior at Birney can be found in the Birney Behavior Handbook.  

The Birney Behavior Handbook can be viewed as a more school-specific accompaniment to the district’s FACTS FOR PARENTS.

 In addition to in-person expectations we have also added online etiquette & behavioral expectations for online learning while at school or when you take your computer home to finish assignments or work online afterschool.

  • Care for your technology: Keep open drinks away your computer
  • ABC - Always BCharging when at home
  • Be prepared with the materials you'll need for learning (charger, computer)
  • Follow instructions for muting and unmuting
  • Participate and complete tasks on-time or ask for help
  • When technology fails, try again, try to solve problem on your own, and then ask for adult assistance

How Do We Expect Birney Students to Behave?

We expect all students to develop the IB learner profile and demonstrate self-management, as well as thinking, social, reflection skills.

We also expect our IB learners to act, choose, and reflect to make our school a better place everyday.

If they don't know something we expect learners to use their research skills. Students should ask questions and use the tools and resources they have available at school to find out what they need to know.

Expectations for Self-management, Social and Thinking Skills at Birney Elementary:

  • Be responsible, be respectful and be a problem solver.
  • Respect yourself, respect others and respect materials (clean-up after yourself).
  • Ask an adult for help when you need it, and follow adult directions at all times.
  • Walk or skip at all times (games or following instructions from school staff are an exception).
  • Leave all distractions at home, including electronics, toys, candy and gum.

At Birney, we believe that all children can learn and that they deserve the best education possible in the safest and most supportive environment.

Students, teachers and staff members have the right to work in a setting where learning can take place at optimal levels. Of course, responsible and respectful citizenship begins at home and is reinforced at school. We anticipate that we will work together with our Birney families to help our students realize the consequences of their decisions.

We believe all students can behave appropriately and should be held accountable for their actions. We expect every child to follow our general rules of behavior at all times, whether in the classroom, on the playground, in the cafeteria or in the hallways.

During the first week of school, teachers and students build essential agreements for the class. Teachers review the school rules with the class as often as necessary, reinforcing positive behavior, discussing consequences for poor choices and reteaching expectations for appropriate behavior throughout the year.

Playground and lunchtime behaviors are taught the first week of school and reviewed when we return from breaks or as needed. We are dedicated to helping children develop all traits of the IB Learner Profile, as they move toward becoming a globally minded learner.

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