Some kids pulled a very messy prank this week by mixing chocolate pudding and water and smearing it all over the boys’ and girls’ restrooms.
A reader told me that some kids from the leadership class volunteered to help do the cleanup after they “saw the dejected look on the face of the lone custodian whose Herculean task it would be to clean the up the result of this nasty and wasteful joke.” The leadership teacher gave them permission to get to work. “This was a spontaneous gesture … and it shows the positive effects of teachers, home and community in teaching kids to be caring human beings and stewards of their environment.
Principal Kevin Collins praised their initiative on Thursday, the day before he released a letter informing parents about how the school will try to deal with disruptions on campus—from annoying pranks like the one mentioned above to more serious safety violations—with one less vice principal.
As you probably know, the district has been “deeply affected by the ongoing state budget crisis," Collins says. With the loss of one of two vice principals, Collins said he wanted to let parents know how the school plans to maintain a safe and secure school environment for students and adults.
Morning supervision next year will be covered by the principal in the east portion of the school (Walnut Boulevard) with the vice principal covering the west portion of the school for the 15 minutes prior to the start of classes. The Campus Supervisor is assigned to the Iron Horse Trail gate and basketball courts from 8 a..m. until the start of classes every day.
The lunch supervision schedule includes a vice principal or counselor assigned to each lunch period. The Campus Supervisor also covers both lunch periods. We also assign a second person to the cover last twenty minutes of each lunch. This supervision will be covered by the Principal or a Counselor.
After school supervision will be covered by the principal and vice principal assigned to either east or west campus supervision. One counselor is assigned to monitor the bus pick-up area on Walnut Blvd. in the afternoon while the Campus Supervisor monitors the bus pick-up area on Civic Dr.
As for campus safety and discipline, Collins says:
In the 2010/2011 school year, some of the discipline duties will be shifted. Minor discipline issues and database entries (lunch detentions, dress code violations, tardy referrals, etc.) will be addressed by the attendance office manager. Counselors will be assigned to deal with minor teacher referrals, first offenses, and academic honesty issues. The vice principal will be assigned to deal with more serious referrals and students with multiple discipline contacts. The principal will deal with serious discipline issues and assist the Vice Principal with referrals and campus disruptions as needed.
We are proud of our school, our students, and our staff. We share the common goal of ensuring that every student comes to school every day feeling safe and secure. Our commitment to safety will remain the same regardless of the budget and staffing levels.