Positive Reinforcement:

The emphasis at Gateway International School is on recognition for safe, positive behavior choices and experience in a variety of areas, especially behavior that exhibits good citizenship and sportsmanship. Other behavior that students are recognized for include: Student of the Month, Attendance, Honor Roll and Principal's List. In addition, each teacher positively reinforces appropriate behavior in his/her own classroom through written and verbal affirmations.

Negative Consequences:

Within each classroom, teachers set up the guidelines for classroom behavior. Teachers contact parents either by written notice, phone, or email when students are not adhering to the expectations in the classroom. It is important that teachers and parents work together to address the behavior and help children learn from the experience. More serious violations are reported to the school principal. Consequences may vary, depending on the severity of the situation and/or whether it's a first offense or a continuing problem. Generally, consequences include, but are not limited to:

  • A verbal warning - Students who make mistakes in judgment will be mad aware of their mistake and asked to correct it.
  • Time away from peers - This is a time to think about his/her behavior, appropriate choices, and how the problem can be solved constructively. A follow-up conference between the teacher and the student or the principal and the student is often held.
  • Loss or recess - If the students' poor behavior choice continues, additional time may be taken away.
  • School service - Often, the natural consequence for student misbehavior is school service. For example, students who deface school property will spend recess time of after school time performing school cleaning tasks.
  • In-School Suspension - This is an alternative for sending students home for the day. The student is sent to another classroom for the day, along with his/her classroom work. The student does not get recess, nor does the student eat lunch with his/her classmates.
  • Exclusion from field trips, sports teams, or events - Students who have not exhibited appropriate behavior during the time period prior to a field trip may be excluded from that trip. Students who wish to participate on sports teams must meet certain school behavior and academic expectations determined by the school.
  • Off-Site Suspension - This is the removal of a student from the school campus and ongoing instruction, with the intention that such removal will change misbehavior. Parent support and at-home reinforcement is vital to the success of an off-site suspension. Also, the suspended student is not allowed to attend or participate in school activities for the duration of the suspension. The suspension is considered an unexcused absence and students cannot make up any missed work. Parents may be required to pick up their child during the school day if the child is suspended.
  • Expulsion - Expulsion is the removal of a student from the supervision and control of school personnel.

Cases for Immediate Suspension:

Fighting, serious defiance or assault of a staff member, possession of a weapon, and leaving campus without permission are examples of circumstances that could lead to immediate suspension.