S.C. Lee Junior High Behavior Management System

Just as the education of your child is a joint commitment between you and the school, so too is the behavior and discipline of your child a shared responsibility.  At S.C. Lee, our goal is to combine Character Counts! education with a leveled behavior system that emphasizes the students responsibility in decision making and behavior.  The leveled discipline system, based on the CCISD Student Code of Conduct, assigns consequences to students who choose to misbehave.  The more often misbehavior occurs, the more serious the consequence.  The S.C. Lee Behavior Management System is also designed to reward students who consistently make good choices and exhibit appropriate behavior.

Students who make good choices about their behavior and accept the responsibilities that ensure success in school will be rewarded weekly.  Students may choose from a variety of activities that are offered as a celebration of their good behavior. 

Discipline Consequences

Hallway Behavior

A discipline referral may be given for misbehavior between classes.  It is issued to the student by any staff member or any teacher on duty as a warning for inappropriate behavior occurring in the hallway or common areas.  The referral is given to the students TEAM LEADER who will determine the consequence: Written Warning, Time Out, Teacher Lunch Detention, or Office Referral.  This form is to be signed by the student and parent, and returned to the homeroom teacher the following school day.

Appropriate behaviors are as follows:

  1. Students are expected to change classes in an orderly manner.

  2. Students must be in their assigned area, or have a pass from the teacher.

  3. Students will show respect for others, for school property, and for the property of others.

  4. Students are not allowed to eat food or candy between classes.

  5. Students may not loiter and block the hallways.

  6. Students must behave appropriately at the water fountains and in the restrooms.

As a reminder make sure that students are walking on the right side of the hallway. 

Classroom Behaviors

Prior to issuing a discipline consequence or a referral, your child will be given an opportunity to correct their behavior.  The teacher will try one or a combination of the following to assist students in making good choices:

  • give a verbal warning

  • have a private conference

  • correct and redirect behavior

  • isolate the student within the classroom

  • withhold privileges

If the behavior does not change, teachers may give a Written Warning, assign Time Out, assign Teacher Lunch Detention, or write an Office Referral.  It is expected that the teacher will contact the parent by phone or e-mail when behavior has become an issue and documentation of the communication will be recorded in a communication log.  The consequence given will be based on the severity and/or the persistence of the misbehavior. 

Written Warning

A Written Warning serves to inform both the student and parent that misbehavior is occurring and consequences will follow if the student continues to misbehave. The warning slip is to be signed by the student, taken home for the parent=s signature, and returned to the TEAM LEADER the following school day.  If it is not returned, mail a copy home. Your child may receive 3 to 5 Written Warnings before they are given Time Outs for misbehavior. If the warning slip is not signed by the parent or guardian and behavior has not changed, proceed to the next consequence level.

Time Out

A Time Out will be served during the first 10 minutes of lunch. After the Time Out is served, the teacher will walk the student to the cafeteria. They will go to the end of the lunch line. There will be a Time Out form sent home for parent signature after the Time Out is served by the student. If it is not signed by the parent and returned the following day, the student will be assigned to Teacher Lunch Detention until the form is returned. Classroom behaviors that result in a Time Out are as follows:

  1. Tardy to class

  2. Talking or disruptive noises.

  3. Not keeping hands, feet, or other objects to ones self.

  4. Not being in assigned seat and working on assigned task.

  5. Candy, food, gum, or other objects in ones mouth.

  6. Not having required work or classroom supplies.

  7. Unsolicited comments from students, especially about others.

  8. Failure to follow the teachers directives.

A student who does not report for an assigned Time Out will serve Teacher Lunch Detention for the entire lunch period the following school day.

Teacher Lunch Detention

When a student receives their 5th Time Out, they will be counseled by their team of teachers about their behavior and will become a Detention Level student. Any of the aforementioned misbehavior will result in the assignment of a Teacher Lunch Detention. This detention is served for the full lunch period instead of the first ten minutes as with a Time Out. When Teacher Lunch Detention is served, the detention students eat their lunch in the detention area of the cafeteria. Detention forms not signed and returned the next day will result in the assignment of Teacher Lunch Detention until the form is returned to the TEAM LEADER teacher. The student will serve one more day then proceed to the next consequence level.

Office Referral

When a student receives their 5th Teacher Lunch Detention, the homeroom teacher will notify the Vice-Principal. The student will be called to the office for a conference and an explanation of the consequences assigned to Office Referral Level students. For future misbehavior, the teacher may write an Office Referral instead of a Teacher Lunch Detention. Office Referrals may also be written for persistent misbehavior or severe misbehavior. Office Referrals will result in one or more of the following consequences:

  • Counseling

  • Principal’s Lunch Detention

  • After School Detention

  • School Detention (Removal from a class)

  • Thursday School

  • Saturday School

  • In School Suspension

    • (Student is removed from all classes and does assignments. Credit is given for work completed.)

  •  Out of School Suspension

    • (Assigned work is sent home with student or picked up by the parent. Credit is given for work completed and turned in upon return to school.)

  • Placement in the DAEP (Discipline Alternative Education Program at Avenue E School)

If students continue to misbehave or choose not to follow the rules in detention, the next consequence will be assigned.

Prohibited Items

If your child chooses to bring any of the following items to school, they will be subject to discipline consequences and the item may be confiscated. Items are listed, but not limited to:

  • knives

  • electronic games/toys

  • Laser pointers

  • toys/ dolls/ stuffed animals

  • trading cards

  • matches /lighters

  • fireworks

  • perfumes / cologne