School Norms

Hawthorne Avenue School School-wide Norms

I. Be on time and prepared for school and class.
Purpose: To develop good time management skills for life and career.
Benefits: Good attendance habits are an outgrowth of time management skills that you need for success in school and on the job. Students and employees who cultivate these habits are more likely to get promoted than those who don’t. Establishing a punctual track record shows respect for classmates and teachers’ time, increases the learning time, and indicates that you care about your work.

II. Dress in school uniform daily.
Purpose: To demonstrate professional work ethic and school spirit.
Benefits: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” School and work uniforms help students and employees maintain a professional look. In addition, school uniforms lessen distractions in the classroom. School uniforms have been shown to reduce tardiness, absences, and anti-social behaviors, as well as increasing graduation rates.

III. Use appropriate language and behavior.
Purpose: To enhance and grow our vocabulary and behavior with words and actions that help us communicate and understand without hurting one another.
Benefits: When students, staff, and parents are able to communicate and interact with one another in a calm and respectful manner, our learning environment is safe and positive. People are free to speak, listen, and learn more from each other as we seek resolutions to our concerns.

IV.Take a positive approach to teaching and learning.
Purpose: To help staff and students embrace the idea that, “When I believe I can, I can!”
Benefits: In education, sports, and business, the most successful people are those who believe that they can do anything, as long as they put their mind to it and work hard to achieve it. Having the mindset that you become better when you work to be better, helps you persist when tasks are challenging.

V. Respect the school environment.
Purpose: To demonstrate appreciation for the contributions of others who work to maintain a clean and safe school environment.
Benefits: When everyone works together to maintain a clean school environment it fosters school pride. In addition, students and staff will feel valued and it has a positive impact on student achievement.