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DARE to C.A.R.E.

over 2 years ago

(Conflicts Are Resolved Easily)

The goal of the Dare to C.A.R.E. program is to introduce students to basic positive character qualities, which enhance the character development already taking place in the home.

We believe, as educators, that it is our responsibility to teach the students attending BES skills which will benefit them throughout their lives. We strongly believe the C.A.R.E. program encourages communication skills, expands social skills and enhances self-esteem. This Dare to C.A.R.E. philosophy is beneficial not only to our students, but also to our faculty, staff and our community.

The Dare to C.A.R.E. program is structurally based upon an "earned point" system as opposed to a "deducted point" system. During each 9 week grading period, each student has the opportunity to earn three points per day and an additional 3 bonus points each week resulting in a possible 18 points per week. The basis of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to correct their behavioral choices and learn how to resolve the conflicts that occur in their daily lives. In order to provide them with this opportunity, each school day is divided into 3 time periods. Students can earn 1 point during each time period. This division of the day gives students numerous opportunities to make correct behavioral choices. Hopefully, the initiative is there for students who have had a difficult morning to correct his/her behavior and earn the remaining points for that day. The daily point system starts over each day with weekly bonus points being awarded for (1) returning the C.A.R.E. envelope with signed weekly C.A.R.E. report by Wednesday, (2) perfect attendance for the week with no tardies or early pickups, and (3) a teacher discretion bonus point. Teachers decide which behavior they want to target with the entire class or with individual students and award the last bonus point when the goal is met. The C.A.R.E. envelope and report are sent home each Monday with student work and information for the parents. The C.A.R.E. report needs to come back signed by the parent to earn a bonus point. This is also a great way for teachers and parents to communicate on a weekly basis.

When students earn 15 or more points in a week, they earn a "Fun Friday" activity as a reward for making appropriate behavioral choices. "Fun Friday" activities can be decided by the teacher or by the class in a class meeting. If students do not earn enough points to receive "Fun Friday", they are not allowed to participate in the activity. After missing 2 "Fun Fridays", the student goes to "No Fun Friday" and receives one-on-one counseling and goal setting between the student and a member of the support staff. The staff member checks on the student during the next week and tries to help them reach their goal and earn the points needed to succeed and earn "Fun Friday".

At the end of each 9 weeks, a C.A.R.E. ceremony is held and attended by all students and faculty members. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend. There is a different ceremony for each grade level. Students that have earned 8 out of 9 Fun Fridays earn a C.A.R.E. Principal's Award and students are also recognized for perfect attendance and honor roll (all A's or all A's & B's). Students that earn a C.A.R.E. certificate, honor roll and perfect attendance are recognized as being members of the "A" Team for earning all three A's (attendance, achievement and attitude). Other incentives are awarded to students in addition to the C.A.R.E. Principal's Award. Students that receive their first C.A.R.E. certificate for the year receive an arm bracelet. Students that receive their second C.A.R.E. certificate for the year are allowed to have his/her handprint placed on a wall in our school. Parents or grandparents are invited to put their handprint on the wall with the student. Students that receive their third C.A.R.E. certificate for the year receive a Dare to C.A.R.E. tee shirt. At the final ceremony, the student can earn their final certificate stating that they have successfully completed the Dare to C.A.R.E. program.

In order to have an environment conducive to learning, each student and staff member must do his or her part to help the BES community be a pleasant place in which to learn. This requires each student to agree to follow the following rules:

I will make responsible choices by:

1. Keeping my hands, feet and objects to myself so as not to injure another person.

2. Showing respect to everyone in our school and treating them as I would like to be treated.

3. Leaving at home any items that are not needed at school. (electronic games, radios, toys, etc.)

4. Taking care of my school by not destroying property or littering and by not bringing gum or candy to school.

5. Not using any form of violence so that all children will feel safe in our school.

Student conduct grades are determined using the C.A.R.E. point system. A student will receive a "S" in conduct for missing 1 or less Fun Fridays in a 9 week grading period. A student will receive a "N" in conduct if they miss 2 Fun Fridays in a 9 week grading period. A student will receive a "U" in conduct if they miss 3 or more Fun Fridays in a 9 week grading period.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the school at (706) 864-8180.

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