Create a culture of inclusion, equity, and accountability in our schools.
Model courteous and respectful conduct.
Develop the knowledge, understanding, mindset, and skills needed to teach in a culturally responsive way to provide all students access to rigorous curriculum and learning opportunities.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with students and families using two-way communication.
Hold all students to high expectations, and provide quality, effective, and inclusive instructional practices.
Help students to develop skills for learning as well as how to manage their emotions, solve problems, and make friends through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula.
Use Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) to structure safe, predictable, and positive school environments for students and staff whereby school-wide behavior expectations are clearly defined, explicitly taught, and consistently supported.
Assist students who do not yet meet a behavior expectation to identify and develop lagging skills that underlay misbehavior to improve behavior.
Use a variety of methods (instructive, reflective, restorative) to shape student behavior when harm occurs.
Implement a disciplinary response that would be least disruptive to the student-school relationship while maximizing instructional time.
Display compassion and empathy.
Student & Family Commit to...
Attend school regularly, be on time to classes, and arrive prepared to learn;
Understand and follow district and school policies and student conduct expectations;
Advocate for individual educational, cultural, social, and emotional needs;
Support a safe and positive school culture;
Respect the rights and property of others;
Identify themselves to and follow the instructions of all school staff;
Accept reasonable consequences when failing to meet behavioral expectations; and
Learn from mistakes.
We All Commit to Student Rights to...
An equal education opportunity with due process of law;
Access to clean and safe schools, current curriculum, safe transportation, school supplies, 21st-century technology, and to support needed for learning assistance, specialized instruction, transitional bilingual education, and English language learning;
Be known and cared for at school;
Be listened to and have their voice heard;
Be taught by highly-qualified teachers, principals, and support staff;
Be free from discrimination because of national origin, race, creed, religion, color, age, veteran or military status, economic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or use of a trained service animal;
Possess freedom of speech and press;
Have the right to peaceful assembly and to petition;
Be secure in person, papers, backpacks, and effects against unreasonable search and seizure except for lockers and desks;
North Thurston Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Officer: executivedirectorHR@nthurston.k12.wa.us, 360-412-4453; Section 504 Coordinator: email@example.com, 360-412-4465. Address for both: 305 College Street NE, Lacey, WA 98516.