DISCIPLINE (Living Above the Line Program)
Providing a school climate that is safe and conducive to learning is a top priority for all at Wilson School. Students are encouraged and rewarded for positive behavior focused on treating others the way you would like to be treated. The district wide program is based on the Above the Line Program, developed by Corwin Kronenberg, a nationally recognized expert on behavior management. The goal of the Above the Line Program is to communicate clear expectations for students, identify and teach appropriate behaviors and hold students responsible for their choices. In the program behavior is divided into three categories, Above the Line, Below the Line and Bottom Line. When student behavior is below the line they are asked to assist in generating a Fix-It. Students who exhibit Bottom Line Behavior, which is a violation of state law, district policy or a completely inappropriate behavior, receive a consequence typically including a visit to the office.
The three core expectations at Wilson are Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe. All students are instructed in what these skills look like in all common areas of our building. All staff at Wilson strives to maintain high expectations for behavior with the use of consistent language and instruction in expected behaviors in order to support student success as well as a positive school wide climate.
As a part of our character education program, designed to support students in learning Above the Line behavior, students are instructed in Kool Kids skills. These skills focus on steps for successful social interactions. These skills are highlighted in our monthly newsletter. In addition, students are also instructed in social emotional learning (SEL) strategies through a monthly lesson with the school social worker. These lessons are supported by weekly lessons in the classroom. The five areas covered in these lessons include: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.