Principles of Discipline
Jesus Christ is Lord of all things. His Word is to be the guide and rule in all matters of our faith and life which includes school life.
The following six principles are the basis for the discipline model.
In developing the discipline model, we acknowledge that students are redeemed children of God who live in a sin-plagued society. While Satan takes advantage of all opportunities to tempt children of God, they must be taught that our Lord provides them—through his Word and Spirit—with all that they need to resist Satan. Children are maturing in a world in which they must learn to make choices—to be self-disciplined. Parents and teachers have daily opportunities to share with these children what God’s holy Word has to say to them about their lives and conduct. We have a responsibility and privilege to be bold and skillful in the application of Law and Gospel to discipline the children entrusted to our care.
PRINCIPLE 1: The love of Christ motivates his children to show reverence for God and his Word by:
1. attentive participation in worship activities and Word of God lessons.
2. not disturbing or distracting others during worship.
3. quiet and orderly movement into and out of the church sanctuary.
4. not misusing the name of God with cursing or swearing.
PRINCIPLE 2: The love of Christ motivates his children to show respect for those in positions of authority as God’s representatives by:
1. complying with the directives of those in positions of authority.
2. speaking politely to and about those in authority as God’s own representatives.
3. being courteous , helpful and positive to others
3. being honest to those in authority.
PRINCIPLE 3: The love of Christ motivates his children to show respect for self and all others by:
1. keeping an appearance of good grooming with personal hygiene and neat, clean dress.
2. being considerate of self and/or others by not using put-downs, name calling, or vulgarities.
3. not pushing, pulling, punching, kicking, threatening, or in any way hurting another person.
4. being courteous, helpful and positive to others.
5. being honest to oneself and others.
PRINCIPLE 4: The love of Christ motivates his children to show respect for one’s own property and the property of othersby:
1. helping to keep grounds, building, equipment, and books free of litter, graffiti, and damage.
2. putting away equipment, supplies, books, games, and toys after use.
3. keeping the desk and floor neat and open for easy movement around the classroom.
4. receiving permission before using someone else’s property.
5. not bringing gum to school.
PRINCIPLE 5: The love of Christ motivates his children to show cooperation in establishing an orderly and safe atmosphere conducive to learningby:
1. moving from place to place in the building by walking quietly and using a quiet voice.
2. going to classrooms when the 7:45 am bell rings, or upon arrival, and receiving permission to move through the building during the school day.
3. not disturbing or distracting others during class time.
4. sitting properly on a chair with all four legs of the chair on the floor.
5. not distracting others during all aspects of the learning experience such as lesson presentations, lectures, practice activities, independent work time, etc.
6. respecting the personal space of other students.
7. waiting in designated areas before and after school.
8. not playing near or riding bikes during the school day.
9. observing the recess rules.
a. Play in the area designated: blacktop,field or playground.
b. Allow all students to participate in activities.
c. Keep balls away from playground equipment, street, roof, and neighbors’yards.
d. Do not pick up stonesor woodchips.
e. Do not throw snow.
f. Follow specific safety guidelines.
10. Following the lunch room rules.
a. Allow fellow classmates to participate in conversation.
b. Use a quiet voice in conversation with those at the same table.
c. Do not throw or touch another student’s food.
PRINCIPLE 6: The love of Christ motivates his children to show personal responsibility for one’s own learning and conduct by:
1. completing his/herown assignments as specified by the teacher, completing them on time, and completing them neatly.
2. being attentive to all aspects of the learning experience such as lesson presentations, lectures, practice activities, independent work time, etc.
3. having ready and available all necessary books and supplies.
4. accepting ownership and consequences for behavior.
At times, student behavior requires examination in the light of God’s law. The goal in Christian discipline must always be to restore the sinner to God through repentance and forgiveness of the behavior in question. Therefore, the classroom teacher,occasionally assisted by the principal and/or a pastor,will strive to apply appropriately God’s law and gospel in discipline situations. When appropriate, consequences are administered and include reminders, warning, loss of privilege, parental involvement, modeling, development of a written plan, detention, suspension, and expulsion.