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  • Rule 1: Yes Ma·am, No Sir Rule 1: Yes Ma·am, No Sir.
  • Rule 2: Make Eye Contact Rule 2: Make Eye Contact
  • Rule 3: Good Sportsmanship Rule 3: Good Sportsmanship
  • Rule 4: Discussion Rules Rule 4: Discussion Rules
  • Rule 5: Do Not Brag Rule 5: Do Not Brag
  • Rule 6: Conversation Rule 6: Conversation
  • Rule 7: Coughing, Sneezing & Burping
  • Rule 8:Smacking Your Lips Rule 8:Smacking Your Lips
  • Rule 9: Say Thank You Rule 9: Say Thank You
  • Rule 10: Receiving a gift Rule 10: Receiving a gift
  • Rule 11: Random Acts of Kindness
  • Rule 12: Grading Papers Rule 12: Grading Papers
  • Rule 13: Reading Aloud Rule 13: Reading Aloud
  • Rule 14: Answer all questions in complete sentences
  • Rule 15: Rewards Rule 15: Rewards
  • Rule 16: Homework Rule 16: Homework
  • Rule 17: Transitions Rule 17: Transitions
  • Rule 18: Organization Rule 18: Organization
  • Rule 19: Complaining Rule 19: Complaining
  • Rule 20: The Sub Clause Rule 20: The Sub Clause
  • Rule 21: Protocols Rule 21: Protocols
  • Rule 22: Water & Food Rule 22: Water & Food
  • Rule 23: Learn Names Rule 23: Learn Names
  • Rule 24: The Bathroom Rule 24: The Bathroom
  • Rule 26: Do Not Save Seats Rule 26: Do Not Save Seats
  • Rule 27: Look Away Rule 27: Look Away
  • Rule 28: Call me Rule 28: Call me
  • Rule 29: ABCs of Etiquette Rule 29: ABCs of Etiquette
  • Rule 30: Clean up after yourself Rule 30: Clean up after yourself
  • Rule 31: Hotels Rule 31: Hotels
  • Rule 32: The Bus Rule 32: The Bus
  • Rule 33: Field trips Rule 33: Field trips
  • Rule 34: Food Rule 34: Food
  • Rule 35: Pick it Up Rule 35: Pick it Up
  • Rule 36: Doors Rule 36: Doors
  • Rule 37: Excuse Me Rule 37: Excuse Me
  • Rule 38: Silent Entry Rule 38: Silent Entry
  • Rule 39: Complements Rule 39: Complements
  • Rule 40: Assemblies Rule 40: Assemblies
  • Rule 41: Telephone Rule 41: Telephone
  • Rule 42: After a Trip Rule 42: After a Trip
  • Rule 43: Escalators Rule 43: Escalators
  • Rule 44: In Line Rule 44: In Line
  • Rule 45: Cutting Rule 45: Cutting
  • Rule 46: Movies Rule 46: Movies
  • Rule 47: Snickers Rule 47: Snickers
  • Rule 48: Other Students Rule 48: Other Students
  • Rule 49: Stand Up For what you Believe in
  • Rule 50: Be Positive Rule 50: Be Positive
  • Rule 51: No Regrets Rule 51: No Regrets
  • Rule 52: Accept Mistakes Rule 52: Accept Mistakes
  • Rule 53: Be Honest Rule 53: Be Honest
  • Rule 54: Carpe Diem Rule 54: Carpe Diem
  • Rule 55: Be the Best Rule 55: Be the Best

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These are the rules we will use in our classroom and throughout the school. They were created by Ron Clark



We are a Family
We are a family. We will treat each other with respect and kindness. These rules are guidelines for how to do so. They are not the only rules we will follow, they are the core. We ARE a family, a family only works if everyone does their part.
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When Responding to any adult. 5/11/2011 4 . sir. you must answer by saying ´Yes ma·amµ or ´No. No Sir.Rule 1: Yes Ma·am.µ Just nodding your head or saying any other form of yes or no is not acceptable.

Rule 2: Make Eye Contact Make eye contact. When someone is speaking. keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment. turn and face that person. 5/11/2011 5 .

we will congratulate that person. 5/11/2011 6 .Rule 3: Good Sportsmanship If someone in the class wins a game or does something well. Claps should be of at least 3 seconds in length with the full part of both hands meeting in a manner that will give the appropriate clap volume.

respect other students· comments.Rule 4: Discussion Rules During discussion. When possible. make statements like. opinions. and I also feel that«µ Or ´I disagree with Natasha. and it made me realize«µ 5/11/2011 7 . but I feel that«µ or ´I think Sabastain made an excellent observation. and ideas. ´I agree with Marquise. She made a good point.

Rule 5: Do Not Brag
If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. Instead, say something like, ´I really enjoyed the competition, and I look forward to playing you again,µ or ´Good game,µ or don·t say anything at all. To show anger or sarcasm, such as ´I wasn·t playing hard anyway. You really aren·t that good,µ shows weakness.
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Rule 6: Conversation
When asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return. If someone asks, ´Did you have a nice weekend?µ you should answer the question and then ask a question in return.
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Rule 6: an example
Mrs. Lewis: ´Hi Angie, did you have a nice weekend?µ Angie: Yes, I had a great time. My family and I went shopping. What about you? Did you have a nice weekend? It is only polite to show others that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.
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µ 5/11/2011 11 . sneeze or burp. Afterwards. it is appropriate to turn your head away from others and cover your mouths with the full part of your hand (or arm).Rule 7: Coughing. ´Excuse me. you should say. Sneezing & Burping When you cough. Using a fist is not acceptable.

roll your eyes. 5/11/2011 12 . or show disrespect with gestures.Rule 8:Smacking Your Lips Do not smack your lips. tsk.

5/11/2011 13 . If you do not say it within three seconds after receiving the item.Rule 9: Say Thank You Always say thank you when I give you something. I will take it back.

never insult that person by making negative comments about the gift or by insinuating that it wasn·t appreciated.Rule 10: Receiving a gift When you are given something from someone. 5/11/2011 14 .

5/11/2011 15 .Rule 11: Random Acts of Kindness Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month.

Rule 12: Grading Papers Occasionally we may grade each other·s papers as a group. The only marks you are allowed to make on others· papers are an ´Xµ and the number they got wrong. 5/11/2011 16 . whether it is higher or lower then they deserve. the amount of the grade differs from the actual grade will be deducted from your paper. if you give someone an incorrect grade. When grading other student·s papers.

Rule 13: Reading Aloud When we read together in class. If I call on you to read. you MUST follow along. 5/11/2011 17 . you must know exactly where we are and begin reading immediately.

´What is the capital of Washington?µ you should write ´The capital of Washington is Olympia. For example. if the question asks.µ 5/11/2011 18 . Answer all questions in complete sentences.Rule 14: Answer all questions in complete sentences.

it is important to use complete sentences out of respect for the person·s question.Rule 14: continued Also. ´I·m doing fine. For example.µ you should say. How about yourself?µ 5/11/2011 19 . thank you. in conversation with others. if a person asks ´How are you?µ instead of just responding by saying ´Fine.

I usually give some sort of reward to everyone who scores 100% on unit tests. It is rude to ask if you are getting something for good behavior. it will not be given. You should be good and try your best because you are trying to better yourself.Rule 15: Rewards At times throughout the year. 5/11/2011 20 . and other acts worthy of praise. not because you are anticipating a reward. If you EVER ask me for a reward however. academic performances. If you make 100% and ask if you are getting something NO ONE who made 100 will be given anything. I will give rewards for good behavior.

5/11/2011 21 . When every student in the class has turned in their homework for 10 days straight I will bring a treat for every student in the class.Rule 16: Homework Homework will be turned in each day for each subject by every students with no exceptions. I will do this for every consecutive day homework is turned in.

Rule 17: Transitions When we are in transition from one subject to another. 5/11/2011 22 . the change will be swift. as quickly as possible. and orderly. quiet. complete with all homework and necessary materials. We should be consistently able to turn from one book to another. The opportune amount of time to spend on transition should be less than 10 seconds. we will work towards a goal of 7 seconds.

Rule 18: Organization You will make every effort to be as organized as possible. 5/11/2011 23 . This includes: the neatness of your desk and the area around it as well as the order of your notebook/binder.

5/11/2011 24 . This will result in a doubled assignment. there will be no moaning or complaining. other work will be assigned. If it is not possible to assign a doubled assignment.Rule 19: Complaining When I assign homework.

(I know this is hard.Rule 20: The Sub Clause While you are with a substitute teacher. you will obey the same rules that you follow when I·m with you. but it is important.) 5/11/2011 25 .

It is recess or lunch. In order to do so.Rule 21: Protocols We will follow certain classroom protocols. I ask you a question and you are responding. and I call on you. efficient. (exception . leave immediately. Do not speak unless: You raise your hand. ) 5/11/2011 26 . I instruct you otherwise (for ex. we will follow these rules: Do not get out of your seat without permission.if you are sick. and on task. We will be organized. During group work.

Rule 21: continued Sharpen your pencil before school. This might be on or in your desk. If you are near the end of your book. get an extra! 5/11/2011 27 . Always have a silent reading book available. Take care of your business before school. You may not use the pencil sharpener between 9am 2:50pm.

Rule 22: Water & Food You may bring a bottle of water and leave it on your desk.) 5/11/2011 28 . You can even have food at your desk as long as others don·t see it and don·t hear you eat it (any student who leaves a mess looses this privilege. Do not ask me if you can get water while I am teaching a lesson.

GUM . Chewing gum will result in an immediate detention.it is against school rules to chew gum. 5/11/2011 29 . except for at class celebrations. Water is the only beverage allowed in the classroom.Rule 22: continued Additionally .When we are in line do NOT stop at any water fountains.

That is a pretty sweater. Mrs. Mrs. Gayda. 5/11/2011 30 .µ or ´Good afternoon.Rule 23: Learn Names Quickly learn the names of other teachers in the school and greet them by saying things like ´Good morning. If you are in line with the rest of the class. Byers. on recess. You should speak to other teachers if you are entering or leaving school. or changing classes. on an errand.µ (Note. you are not allowed to speak to the teachers at that time because the no-talking rule is in effect.

get a paper towel before washing your hands. 5/11/2011 31 . After washing your hands. use the paper towel to turn off the faucets and press the dispenser o get another paper towel to dry your hands. When in a public restroom. (Or use the towel to press the button to start the dryer.) The last thing you want to do is touch areas with clean hands that others have touched with dirty hands.Rule 24: The Bathroom Wash your hands after using the rest room.

Rule 26: Do Not Save Seats Do not save seats in the lunchroom. and we must treat each other with respect and kindness. let him or her. 5/11/2011 32 . If someone wants to sit down. We are a family. Do not try to exclude anyone.

You wouldn·t want others looking at you if you were in trouble or being reprimanded. Let me know and I will handle the situation. If you are the student I am talking to. do not look at that student.Rule 27: Look Away If I. or any other teacher in the school is speaking to or disciplining a student. do not get angry or fuss at students who are looking at you. so don·t look at others in that situation. 5/11/2011 33 .

you may call me. Thank youµ. please leave a message in the following manner. Lewis. this is Kymber. Mrs.Rule 28: Call me If you have a question about your homework. I need help with my math homework. If I am not there to answer the phone. 5/11/2011 34 . ´Hi. You can call me back until 8:45. There is no need to leave this message 14 times.

At another time.Rule 29: ABCs of Etiquette There are several manners dealing with food that you must follow: I call these the ABCs of Etiquette. (in a different PowerPoint presentation) 5/11/2011 35 . We will cover them in detail.

It is important to be responsible for your trash no matter where you are and to be sure not to litter. we will clean up after ourselves. 5/11/2011 36 .Rule 30: Clean up after yourself After we eat. This includes cleaning off the tables and making sure we haven·t left any trash on the floor or around the eating area.

This amount is built into the cost of the trip. . if it appropriate to leave a tip on the pillow for the hotel workers who are responsible for cleaning the room after our stay. depending on the cost of the room. Two or three dollars per night is an appropriate amount. 5/11/2011 37 .Rule 31: Hotels When we stay in a hotel room.

We will use an appropriate volume. we will always sit facing forward.Rule 32: The Bus When we ride on a bus. we will always thank the bus driver and tell him to have a good day. stick anything out the windows. When we exit the bus. or get out of our seats. We will never turn around to talk to other students. 5/11/2011 38 .

5/11/2011 39 . make sure that you remember their names. when we are leaving. mentioning their names as you do so. When I introduce you to the people. we will meet different people. Then.Rule 33: Field trips When we go on field trips. make sure to shake their hands and thank them.

You never want to be greedy and try to get more than you should. 5/11/2011 40 . not only because it is wasteful. never take more than your fair share.Rule 34: Food Whenever food is offered. but also because it is disrespectful to others when you do not leave enough for them. whether it be on a buffet or treats in class.

it is only polite to make the gesture of bending down to retrieve the item. Even if they are closer to the object.Rule 35: Pick it Up Whether we are in school or on a field trip. 5/11/2011 41 . pick it up an hand it back to them. if someone drops something.

hold the door after you pass through. pull it open. stand to the side. If the door opens by pushing. 5/11/2011 42 . hold the door.Rule 36: Doors If you approach a door and someone is following you. and allow the other person to pass through first. If the door opens by pulling. then you can walk through.

even if it was not your fault.µ 5/11/2011 43 .Rule 37: Excuse Me If someone bumps into you. say ´Excuse me.

there will be no talking as we enter a building. or any other venue. whether it be the movies. a church. This rule applies to entering any place where people are gathered. We will enter the building so quietly that no one will even notice we are there. a theater. 5/11/2011 44 .Rule 38: Silent Entry When we are on a field trip. It also applies to returning to school.

such as a museum or theater. it is a good idea to compliment something about the place where we visit. People always feel self-conscious when they have guests visit their home. so you want to make them feel at ease. it would be nice to comment on how beautiful the architecture is or to tell the guide that you think the facility is very nice. it would be a nice gesture to tell them that you think they have nice curtains. For example. if we are visiting other places. Also.Rule 39: Complements When we are on a field trip. if we visit someone·s home. 5/11/2011 45 .

We must uphold an image that shows we have our act together. 5/11/2011 46 . do not speak and do not look around and try to get the attention of your friends in another class.Rule 40: Assemblies During an assembly.

Rule 41: Telephone When you answer the phone at your house. or at school you must do so in an appropriate manner. In class: ´Mrs. student speaking.µ & ´May I ask who is calling?µ At home: ´Hello?µ 5/11/2011 47 . Lewis·s room.

you will shake my hand as well as the hand of every other chaperone. and you will let us know that you appreciate having the opportunity to go. I am not concerned with being thanked. 5/11/2011 48 . You will thank us for taking the time to take you on the trip.Rule 42: After a Trip When we return from a trip. I am concerned with teaching you that it is appropriate to show appreciation when someone has gone out of his way to help you.

the subway. we will wait for others to exit before we enter. When we are going to enter an elevator.Rule 43: Escalators When we are on field trips and we have to go up escalators. That will give other individuals who are in a hurry the option of walking up the lefthand side of the escalator. or a doorway. 5/11/2011 49 . we will stand on the right.

walk single file. 5/11/2011 50 . There will be absolutely no talking. You should be facing forward at all times.Rule 44: In Line When in line. two or three feet behind the person in front of you with your arms at your sides.

You will hold the rail. do not touch the walls. Do not lean on the wall.the same rules apply as when we are moving.You will walk on the right hand side of the stairs. 5/11/2011 51 .Rule 44: continued On the stairs . When we stop .

It·s not worth it. do not say or do anything about it. 5/11/2011 52 . just let me know what happened. I will handle the situation. but let me know about it. If someone cuts in front of you. Let it happen. you will get in trouble as well. If you fuss with someone who has cut in line.Rule 45: Cutting Never cut in line.

5/11/2011 53 . you will be in just as much.Rule 45: continued Please handle ALL disputes with other classmates in the same manner. If you take matters into your own hands. if not more trouble then the original offender. by coming to me with any problems before you take matters into your own hands.

5/11/2011 54 .Rule 46: Movies When we go to a movie theater (or watch a movie in class) There will be no talking whatsoever. I don¶t care how good the movie is or what you want to say to the person behind you. you will not so much as whisper! (exceptions: bless you & excuse me) You will not put your feet on the chair in front of you.

you need to eat as quietly a possible.Rule 46: continued If you are going to eat during a movie. open the wrapper and have it ready before the movie starts: trying to open a bag of candy during a movie is very annoying to others. It is also very rude to leave a cell phone on during a movie. 5/11/2011 55 . If you purchase candy to eat during the movie.

5/11/2011 56 .Rule 47: Snickers Do Not Bring Snickers Into the School Building.

let me know. I am not going to let anyone in this school bully you or make you feel uncomfortable. I ask that you not take matters into your own hands.Rule 48: Other Students If any child in this school is bothering you. let me deal with the student. and I am here to look after you and protect you. In return. I am your teacher. 5/11/2011 57 .

5/11/2011 58 .Rule 49: Stand Up For what you Believe in Stand up for what you believe in. You shouldn·t take no for an answer if your heart and mind are leading you in a direction that you feel strongly about.

Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life.Rule 50: Be Positive Be positive and enjoy life. Some things just aren·t worth getting upset over. 5/11/2011 59 .

Rule 51: No Regrets Live so that you will never have regrets. doubt. or other obstacles stand in your way. go for it and don·t stop until you make it happen. do it! Never let fear. If there is something you want to do. do whatever is necessary in order to to live out that dream. fight for it with all your heart. If there something you want to do. 5/11/2011 60 . If there is something you want to be. If there is something you want.

5/11/2011 61 .Rule 52: Accept Mistakes Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

5/11/2011 62 . always be honest. Even if you have done something wrong. it is best to admit it to me.Rule 53: Be Honest No Matter what the circumstances. and oftentimes I will forget any disciplinary measures because of your honesty. because I will respect that.

many of which happen when caution is thrown to the wind and people take actions and seize the day.Latin for Seize the Day 5/11/2011 63 . so don·t waste it. Life is made up of special moments.Rule 54: Carpe Diem You only live today once. Carpe diem .

we will be the best class we can be. 5/11/2011 64 .Rule 55: Be the Best Be the best person you can be. By being the best you can be.

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