The school culture at Columbine Elementary is foundationally based on high expectations, celebrating personal success, and fostering meaningful relationships. Universal strategies implemented across the school, for all students, in all environments are key components of this vision. In addition to a robust positive reinforcement system, staff members at Columbine also ground classroom management strategies associated with No Nonsense Nurturing.
Brightwork is a way for our students to prepare themselves each day for in order to meet high academic and social/emotional expectations, and create an environment where we consistently solidify our values and community while enhancing the joy we feel from being a scholar and staff member at Columbine Elementary. Students work on foundational penmanship skills to begin the day, warm up their minds for the day ahead.
The Columbine Morning Meeting has been created to achieve this expectation, creating an environment where we consistently solidify our values and community while enhancing the joy we feel from being a scholar and staff member at Columbine Elementary. The Columbine Personal Success Factors are discussed during these meetings. as part of our goal to honor habits of character as dimension to student success. The character strengths will change weekly and will focus on grit, zest, optimism, curiosity, self-control, social-intelligence and gratitude.
The Columbine Student of the Month recognizes students who are constantly showing LEAP. All teachers submit one student per month. Students have their picture hung in our main hallway, receive a certificate and have a luncheon with school leadership. It is super FUN!
Systems and practices have been implemented at Columbine Elementary at the Universal Level to address misbehavior in a proactive and positive manner to ensure learning time is maximized. Teachers should implement positive classroom strategies to redirect student behavior, including directing students to complete a refocus form. There may be circumstances where a student needs to be removed from the learning environment due to overt or persistent behaviors that are detrimental to the safety or learning of Columbine scholars. The behaviors which are gradual moves using the behavior chart, Behavior Leadership Team managed, or immediate administration referrals are outlined in the Columbine Discipline Flow Chart document.
Behavior Team Managed Behaviors
If a student needs to be removed from the learning environment for an Administration Managed issue, the classroom staff will call the office and state “I have a student who needs administrative support”. An administrator will come to the classroom and remove the student to the office. While in the office the administrator will use therapeutic, administrative, and/or restorative approaches to alter the behaviors in a manner that builds capacity and creates a genuine teachable moment.
In School Suspension (ISS), Out of School Suspension (OSS), or After-School Detention will be used only for situations which are direct safety concerns or when time is required to plan effective supports as determined by the Administrator handling the discipline in conjunction with DPS Board Policy JK-R.