Character Education Plan
High Plains Elementary employs the “HOWLS” Learner Mindset to support Character Education. All staff work together to reinforce the District 20 Core Principles of Behavior.
“HOWLS” Learner Mindset is our vocabulary and language for academic and behavioral expectations:
- Honor – Respect self and others. Invest in self and future by valuing educational experiences and seeking understanding. Take pride in who you are!
- Ownership – Own your words and actions, and take ownership in learning both behaviorally and academically. Be a brave learner!
- Work Hard – Learning takes effort to see through challenges. “Productive struggle” is to be celebrated. Be determined!
- Lead – We are all in this together; collaborate actively and listen sincerely. Value other voices. Do the right thing!
- Safety – Care for self, others, and our school. Think before acting.
RULER is an acronym that stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions. RULER is an approach to creating a positive learning climate and developing emotional skills of all adults and students within the school. It is a mindset and a language with which everyone in the school community can talk about their emotions. RULER is a school-wide approach that focuses first on developing adults personally and professionally so they can be role models and knowledgeable implementers of the skill-based instruction for students. The goals of RULER are to create a positive emotional climate and to enhance emotional intelligence in adults and students.
Bullying Prevention Plan
High Plains Elementary promotes a pro-social, non-violent school climate that does not tolerate bullying. We address individual needs and work with parents to ensure state laws and district policies regarding safety and social and emotional wellness are strictly adhered to. The counselor is available to address student concerns before problems escalate. Students may be referred by staff, parents, peers or they may self-refer.
The most formative school years are during the elementary grades. Children build a foundation for lifelong learning, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills. As children progress through elementary school, they move from childhood to preteen stages, changing from being self-focused to developing an awareness of others. They begin learning how to cooperate, solve problems, develop responsibility, and form friendships. The school counselor understands child development and offers comprehensive programs to enhance success at school.