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Norwich, CT 06360

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Susan Lessard

Administrative Assistant:
Sonia VeraCruz

School Hours:
8:50 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Safe School Climate

What does Safe School Climate Look Like at Stanton Network

What is Safe School Climate?

Safe School Climate is a process for creating school environments that make children feel safe, supported and successful. Students are expected to follow Stanton’s S.H.A.R.K.S. expectations by displaying appropriate behaviors in the areas of safety, honesty, attitude, respect, and knowledge (academics). We encourage our students to demonstrate “FINtastic behavior —Follow directions, Inspire and respect and Never give up!

How does it Work?

A key strategy of the Safe School Climate process is prevention. The system focuses on reinforcing positive behaviors in all students and explicitly teaching students correct behaviors in real world situations when necessary. The key is support and positive reinforcement, not just punishment and consequences.

How does Safe School Climate reward students?

Students who demonstrate appropriate behaviors throughout the day are given “SHARK teeth”. “SHARK teeth” are small tokens that reinforce behaviors the school is focusing on. “SHARK teeth” are then placed by students into classroom raffles that occur weekly. Following the weekly classroom raffles, teachers then place all class “SHARK teeth” into the BIG SHARK TANK in the front of the building so that students have chances for school wide raffles, which occur at the end of each marking period and coincide with our Student Award Nights. Students whose “SHARK teeth” are pulled receive various school wide rewards. Many staff, parents and community members donate items for student.

What is an Office Referral?

An office referral is a way to track student behaviors. Referral forms are completed by school staff as a means to document inappropriate student behaviors. Once completed, the information is entered into our SWIS database so that the Safe School Climate team can look for trends and patterns in behavior. This information is confidential and is used to develop school, class and individual behavioral plans for students. Tracking data in this manner allows school personnel to implement effective supports for students. The referral is not a consequence itself; it is merely a way to track, record, and monitor trends in student behavior.

What is a Rally?

A rally begins our six week cycle to provide and motivate the students with the behavior expectations for the weeks to follow. After the six weeks, the students who have consistently displayed “SHARK” behavior and met the expectations set forth (i.e., they did not receive 3 minor or 1 major office referral in that timeframe), students are rewarded with various school activities to reinforce their effort and outstanding behavior. With the help of the community, PTO, and fundraising, the students who have earned the rewards have participated in the Fall Festival, a trip to the movies at Lisbon Landing, and school-wide celebrations that have delivered hundreds of prizes and surprise visits from community partners such as The United Way and the Mohegan Sun Basketball players and mascot.

The Safe School Climate team is at it again this year with some wonderful surprises in store for our students.

Upcoming Events

    • ThuOct03 Early Release
    • ThuOct03 Staff PD
    • ThuOct10 BOE Meeting 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • MonOct14 No School-Columbus Day 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
    • WedNov06 Early Release (Conferences)
    • ThuNov07 Early Release (Conferences)
    • FriNov08 Early Release (Conferences)

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