Our mission is to create a positive, safe, and nurturing learning environment for all students at Thunder Hill Elementary School to succeed.
At Thunder Hill, students SOAR…
S – Safe
O – Organized
A – Always Respectful
R – Responsible
Students receive a click card every week. Throughout the week, students earn clicks (stars, stickers, hole punches, etc.) for following directions and showing SOAR expectations. The click cards stay at school and are used daily throughout the week. Every week, students trade-in their clicks for a reward from a class menu and students receive a new click card for the new week to begin!
1 click card per grade level is pulled weekly for the schoolwide Shout-Out lottery! Students’ names are announced during the morning announcements. Their pictures and special certificates are displayed on the Shout-Out bulletin board in the front lobby for the week. Students also pick a special SOAR reward such as: lunch bunch with Ms. Bowen and Mr. West and a few friends, help with morning announcements, free book from the book cart, picture with their favorite staff member, etc.
Positive behavior celebrations
Thunder Hill is implementing 1-2-3 Magic that was created by Thomas Phelan Ph.D. and experienced teacher Sarah Jane Schonou. The program revolves around two types of behaviors – “start” behaviors and “stop” behaviors. The start behaviors describe behaviors we would like a student to start, such as completing work, transitioning, and cleaning up their area. The stop behaviors may include arguing, whining, talking, or being disrespectful to others
To address stop behaviors, teachers will be using the counting method. The key to this method is the “no talking, no emotion” rule. If a child is displaying a stop behavior, the teacher will begin to count starting at 1, pausing and giving the child time to adjust his/her behavior, before saying the next number. If the teacher gets to 3, the child then takes a brief “Take 5” in a designated space. During the countdown, there is no discussion or conversation between the student and teacher. This eliminates power struggles and disruption to the instruction taking place.
Students record on a calendar in their Take Home folders (primary) and in their agenda books (intermediate):