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General Expectations

General Expectations:
We believe all students can behave appropriately at James Sales. Good, positive behavior will be encouraged and recognized. When difficulties arise, the staff will attempt to help students to resolve problems in constructive ways.

Discipline: A Total School Program:

At James Sales our motto is "We Care For People." We believe that each person counts. We all have worth, value, and the ability to develop self-discipline and to make positive choices.

Discipline is not punishment. It is a training for making appropriate, positive choices in life. Discipline is a shared responsibility involving parents and all school personnel.

Positive Action:

Positive Action is an important part of our school. This year we will use monthly higher level thinking skills to teach that positive thoughts lead to positive feelings, and that positive feelings lead to positive actions, which in turn lead to further positive problem solving. This positive circle is the basis for happy healthy lives.

Throughout the year we will continue to emphasize Positive Action by means of classroom discussions/activities and through frequent recognition of outstanding citizenship. We are confident that these activities will help maintain a good school climate for students and staff alike.

School Dress Code:

School Board Policy 5200 (Section 11.9 Student Dress and Appearance) requires students "to observe modesty, appropriateness and neatness in clothing and personal appearance."

Students are not appropriately dressed if their appearance causes a disruptive influence either to themselves or to others. Students are not allowed to wear clothing or other items that are lewd, profane, or that advertise alcohol, tobacco and/or illegal drugs.

Hats and caps will be worn outside only. No make-up or temporary hair color is allowed. While shorts are OK to wear, the hem must reach past the fingertips when arms are hanging at side. While quite practical on hot days, "short-shorts", shirts exposing bare stomachs, halter tops, tank tops, sagging pants, disconnected straps on overalls, oversized coats, bandannas, scarves, and very tight spandex shorts are examples of clothing that are not appropriate. Please be aware of what your child is wearing to school and help us avoid problems.

Final Thoughts:

We expect parent cooperation and support of disciplinary actions we may take involving your child. You can expect us to be fair, consistent, and to communicate openly with you. We welcome your comments and concerns; feel free to contact your child's teacher or the principal at any time.