Student Conduct

At Cheldelin, we work to create a culture of mutual respect, responsible actions, and safe practices. Our school community promotes personal, social, and intellectual growth by providing and modeling an environment of clear communication, consideration, trust, and courtesy.

School Culture

Our behavior system is intended to create a safe learning environment where students grow towards independence and where individual differences are valued and respected. We believe:

  • Social-emotional learning is equal in importance to academic learning
  • Positive relationships should be cultivated and honored
  • A positive school climate exemplifies trust and assumes best intentions
  • Positive interactions are a more effective tool for shaping behavior than negative interactions

All schools in the Corvallis School District promote a climate of civility and inclusiveness and an environment free of discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability. Sexual orientation means an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual’s gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth. The district urges students who believe they are victims of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation to report the incident to a teacher, counselor or administrator as soon as possible. All reports will be investigated and treated as serious misconduct.

School-wide Recognition for Citizenship (PAWS)

Positive Acts We See (PAWS) is a school-wide behavior recognition system where students receive a PAWS card to celebrate positive student behavior. PAWS cards may be redeemed in the school store or used for a variety of activities throughout the school year. Examples of behaviors that may be acknowledged by staff with a PAWS card include:

  • acts of kindness
  • grade improvement
  • good decision-making (seat choice, inclusive socializing)
  • self-direction (reading directions and getting started on work)
  • patience/positive attitude
  • cleaning up, picking up litter, helping without being asked
  • individual student progress on academic, social or emotional goal.

School-wide Recognition for Academics

Students who have earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average, are full day students, have no “I” or “NG” grades andhave nor more than to “P/N” grades will be included on the Cheldelin Honor Roll.

Students who have improved their grade point average by .5 or more will be listed on the Cheldelin Academic Improvement Roll.

Appropriate Use of School Lockers

Lockers are subject to occasional searches. Students are responsible for taking care of their lockers and for the items stored inside them. Lockers must be kept tidy and organized. When lockers are closed, the dial must be spun and the latch checked to make sure the locker is securely locked. We strongly discourage students from bringing valuable items to school, as we cannot insure the safety of items that are stored in lockers. When items of value are brought to school, they should be taken to the office for safekeeping until they are needed. For any problems with a locker, seek help at the school office.

Appropriate Use of Personal Technology

While at school, personal electronics are subject to the same appropriate use guidelines as school-owned devices. Cell phones may be used in the commons prior to the start of school, but they must be stored in the locker during the day. At the end of the school day, students may use their phones. Student calls must be made on school phones, not cell phones, during class time. Students may use the office phones with staff permission for local calls for school-related business and emergency calls to parents. Parents who have an urgent need to contact students during the school day should call the school office at 541-757-5971.

Behavior Consequences

Behavioral consequences, coupled with skill development, help support positive behavior choices at school.  We endeavor to create a system that provides both accountability and opportunity for student growth.  For this reason, we strive to assign consequences that are proportional to the behavioral issue (i.e. short detention for tardies).  The following consequences are used as part of the School-wide Behavioral Management System.

Detentions

Detentions are assigned by administration or behavior staff for behaviors that disrupt the learning environment, or for common area infractions.  Students are to report directly to the Student Support Room (SSR) at the assigned time. Students are to bring work to occupy their time.  All students are expected to work quietly for the entire detention period.

In-School Suspension

In-school suspension is a consequence resulting from more serious or repeated disruptive behavior.  A student who is in-school suspended is placed for a period of time in the SSR or another suitable place in the school.  Schoolwork for the student is sent to that room to be completed by the student.  The student eats lunch in the SSR and is not allowed into the hall areas without being accompanied by an adult.

Out-of-School Suspension

Out-of-school suspension is a serious consequence.  A student who has broken a rule in a major way or has broken rules so often that it is entirely outside the realm of what can continue at school may be suspended.

Expulsion

Expulsion is used in only the most serious of circumstances. When a student is expelled, he or she may not be on any district school grounds at any time for the rest of the expulsion. Students who are suspended or expelled may make up school-work.

Dress Code and Grooming

The goal of the Cheldelin Middle School dress code is to balance the need for maintaining a learning-focused environment with an awareness that adolescents are unique individuals and that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be effective. With that in mind, we will be following some guiding principles regarding dress. These principles align with our building expectations around Safety, Responsibility and Respect and we will revisit them throughout the year.

Safety

  • Clothing should not pose a safety hazard.
  • Eyes should be visible at all times.

Responsibility

  • Clothing should allow for a full range of motion and full participation in all school activities.
  • Clothing depicting drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gang related material or weapons is prohibited.

Respect

  • Clothing should not portray inappropriate language or symbols nor show disrespect to others.
  • Clothing should be modest, with no visible under garments. Midriff should be completely covered.
  • Headwear covering the ears, such as hoods and beanies, should not be worn inside the building, during school hours or activities.