Dear Parents and Guardians,
At Sandy Grade School, we are responsible for our students’ intellectual and social development. Our goal is to help our students grow into confident and principled people as we seek to provide a safe learning environment that encourages students of all background to be creative thinkers who are excited about learning and about becoming productive citizens.
Towards this goal, we have in place a school-wide system of behavior support that emphasizes teaching behavioral expectations. Students will be specifically taught what behavior is acceptable/unacceptable in order to be successful in the school setting.
Over the last several years we have given PAWS awards to students whom staff members observe following our school-wide rules. These rules are Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Kind. We teach and expand on these rules for all areas of the school during our first week back and again after Winter and Spring break. PAWS awards are a form of “caught you being good” rewarding. PAWS is a combination of two words, positively awesome. PAWS awards have been well-received by staff and students alike. In fact staff gave out a record number of PAWS awards last year. We have a PAWS store where students may purchase small items using their PAWS awards. We also honor two students from each room each month at an assembly at which students spin the “Wheel of PAWS” and receive a prize. We will again offer three school wide events to celebrate positive behavior at Sandy Grade. We will offer a Board Game Activity at the end of the first and second trimester and a movie at the end of the year.
In addition to recognition of appropriate behavior at school, we also have in place a discipline program. We feel it is important to explain to parents the entire program. What follows is a summary.
If you have any questions regarding our PAWS awards or our discipline program, please don’t hesitate to call or stop into the office.
Dr. Rachael George
Sandy Grade School
See below for a quick rundown of our behavior expectations at Sandy Grade.