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Merit and Demerit System

Merit and Demerit System

Based on 10 key principles for a successful life and community.

2018-2019

1.  Our School will have a culture based on respect.
2.  Respect takes effort in every situation.
3.  Respect leads to a compassionate learning environment.
4.  All students and teachers are accountable for their actions.
5.  Students and teacher must desire a positive and helpful environment.
6.  All students and teachers must be determined to make the best choice in every situation.
7.  All students and teachers will initiate great choices in every situation.
8.  Great choices lead to higher self-esteem.
9.  Self-esteem leads to honoring everyone’s time, ideas and work.
10.                   Leading to victories every day for everyone.
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Merit and Demerit System:

 

  1. The merit and demerit point system aims to encourage students to attain the high standard of behavior expected of them. This is a system to monitor individual student’s conduct and help students make good decisions.
  2. Merit points encourage positive and responsible behavior while demerit points discourage inappropriate behavior.
  3. All students will start with 100 points at the beginning of the year. Points will be added or deducted accordingly.
  4. The following guidelines will be adopted to determine the Behavior Level of a student at the end of each nine weeks.
  5. The Behavior Level is built on the 10 principles of the school – compassion, accountability, determination, effort, time, desire, respect, initiative, victory and esteem.
  6. Mr. Parker will be meeting with students either daily or weekly to give specific feedback on behavior and awarding merits or discussing demerit consequences.

Behavior Level

Number of Points

Defining the Behavior Level

Student Signature

Excellent Behavior

Mastery

Level 5

120 and above

An outstanding student who consistently displays positive behavior and helps others make positive choices

 

Admirable Behavior

Mastery

Level 4

100-119

A well rounded student who exhibits positive behavior most of the time.

 

Good

Behavior

Mastery

Level 3

85-99

A student who behaves appropriately at times but has earned several minor offences.

 

Fair

Behavior

Mastery

Level 2

70-84

A student who needs guidance to behave appropriately and has committed minor and major offences.

 

Poor

Behavior

Mastery

Level 1

69- below

A student who needs supervision, monitoring and counseling due to repeated misbehavior, including committing several major offences.

 

 

 

Merit Points

Code

Meritorious Actions

Merit Points

Student Signature

M1

Awarded “Student of the Month”

+25

 

M2

Awarded “Good Character Ticket” – being a leader, helping others, helping a teacher

+5

 

M3

Punctual submission of class work for projects and group assignments

+1

 

M4

Consistent good behavior in a class for a week

+2

 

M5

Perfect attendance – 5 days in a row

+5

 

M6

Progress report – all A’s

+10

 

M7

Progress report – A’s and B’s

+7

 

M8

Report card – all A’s

+15

 

M9

Report card – A’s and B’s

+10

 

M10

Increase STAR math by 20%

+15

 

M11

Increase STAR reading by 20%

+15

 

M12

Earn a middle school credit

+20

 

M13

Earn a high school credit

+20

 

M14

Show accountability in class

  • Completing assignments on time
  • Being honest with a teacher
  • Cleaning up your work space
  • Taking responsibility for your actions

+2

 

M15

Show determination in class

  • Working to finish every question
  • Working to finish every project
  • Working to finish student reviews of work
  • Working to finish assignments even if you don’t understand it the first time

+2

 

M16

Show effort in class

  • Helping others without asking
  • Using respectful language at all times – cussing is not allowed at any time
  • Using every minute of class time to focus on assignment and learning target

 

+2

 

M17

Show respect

  • If a teacher is speaking listen first
  • If you do not understand ask a teacher for help
  • If you have a problem with a student come to a teacher first
  • If you are confused come to a teacher first
  • Be kind to everyone at school
  • Never cuss at a student or a teacher

+2

 

M18

Show Initiative in class

  • Clean up without asking
  • Pick up trash without being asked
  • Wipe down tables without being asked
  • Help another student without being asked
  • Help a teacher without being asked
  • Give someone help with an assignment without being asked

+2

 

M19

Show compassion

  • Opening a door for another person
  • Say “good morning” to another person
  • Listen to another student’s concerns
  • Listen to a teacher’s directions quietly
  • Listen to any school administrator
  • When talking to another person, give them your attention

+2

 

M20

Show desire

  • Always work towards your personal goals
  • Always know what you need to do
  • Always know how to act in a classroom – polite, kind and listen

+2

 

M21

Other

+1-5

 

 

 

 

 

Code

Minor Offenses

Demerit Points

Student Signature

DM1

Not turning in assignments

-1

 

DM2

Misbehaving in class:

  • Horse playing
  • Throwing items
  • Social talking while teacher is talking
  • Sleeping in class
  • Yelling out

-2

 

DM3

Destructive behavior in class

Breaking pencils/pens/rulers/pencils/ binders or pencil sharpeners – etc.

-2

 

DM4

Negative attitude

  • Talking back to teachers
  • Sounds or disruptions during instruction
  • Debating with teachers in class

-3

 

DM5

Disobeying instruction

-3

 

DM6

Not cooperating in class

  • Not participating respectfuly in small groups

-2

 

DM7

Littering

-2

 

DM8

Disrespectful to teachers

  • Arguing
  • Yelling
  • Raising voice to teacher

-5

 

DM9

Dress code violation

-2

 

DM10

Unauthorized usage or possession of technology during school hours

  • Personal cell phones
  • School computers
  • Personal computers

-5

 

DM11

Other

-1 or more

 

All minor offences will have a warning from the teacher. After the warning is given then the demerits will be assigned. Warnings will restart each day.

Major offenses may or may not have a warning. Some major offenses will have an automatic referral. (**)

 

Major offenses may or may not have a warning. Some major offenses will have an automatic referral. (**)

Code

Major Offenses

Demerit Points

Student Signature

DM12

Leaving class without permission (**)

-10

 

DM13

Use of obscene language (**)

  • Cussing in school or outside on school grounds
  • Cussing at other students
  • Cussing in conversations with other students
  • Cussing at a teacher or staff member

-10

 

DM14

Cheating on a test (**)

-15

 

DM15

Stealing (**)

-15

 

DM16

Possession of contraband or use of contraband (**)

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Tobacco
  • Vaping – tobacco
  • Pornographic materials
  • Weapons
  • Gang related clothing or materials

-20

 

DM17

Fighting (**)

  • Bullying
  • Threats to a student of physical harm
  • Aggressive posturing towards another student
  • Physical violence toward another student
  • Physical violence toward a staff member
  • Aggression towards a staff or student – verbal or physical

-25

 

DM18

Skipping

  • In the wrong class without permission
  • Outside without permission
  • In the hallway without a pass from a teacher
  • Not at school without excuse from parent

-15

 

DM19

Lying to staff

-10

 

DM20

Other

-10 or above

 

All demerits and merits are cumulative. Earned demerits remain for the entire year. The consequence list will be continuous for the entire year. Once a student has reached a consequence ranking the step continues for the remainder of the year.

Consequence Step

Number of demerits

Student Signature

Step 1

Lunch Detention

-10

 

Step 2

1 hour work detail

-15

 

Step 3

Lunch detention and 1-hour work detail

** parents are notified

-25

 

Step 4

In school suspension - Referral

** parents are notified

-35

 

Behavior folder for 4 weeks

Step 5

Lunch detention

-45

 

Step 6

1-hour work detail

-55

 

Step 7

Lunch detention and 1-hour work detail

** parents are notified

-65

 

Step 8

In school suspension - Referral

** parents are notified

-75

 

Behavior folder for 4 weeks

Friday meeting with guidance counselor

Behavior contract with student and parent

Step 9

Lunch detention

-85

 

Step 10

1-hour work detail

-95

 

Step 11

Lunch detention and 1-hour work detail

** parents are notified

-105

 

Step 12

In school suspension – Referral

** parents are notified

-115

 

Transfer options for student

based on behavior and interventions

Walton Academy