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CMS Discipline philosphy

Student discipline for middle school is based on the belief that middle school age students are capable of making good choices concerning their behavior and that these choices protect the rights of others, particularly as it relates to a safe and orderly environment.  It is the intent of the CMS staff to provide a safe and orderly environment for every student.  It is the obligation of all staff members and students to cooperate toward this belief.  No person in our school should commit, act, or behave in such a manner that would be offensive to others.


Webster’s dictionary defines discipline as “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.”  It is our desire to encourage students to be responsible young people.  The staff at Chisholm will commit to providing a positive, safe, and encouraging learning environment.  The staff will lead by example in creating engaging lessons, respecting students, and maintaining high expectations both in academia as well as behavior.  Discipline is part of learning and growing.  The staff at Chisholm will explain and practice our building procedures so students are aware of the building expectations.  In so doing, students will not be allowed to disrupt the learning environment for others.  We believe all students have the right to receive an education in a safe and orderly environment.  Students disrupting the learning environment will be disciplined (corrected, molded), based on our discipline plan.


Teachers will follow our building discipline plan prior to sending students to the office for a Tier 1/Tier 2 behavior.  (Tier 1 and Tier 2 student behaviors and teacher responses are listed below).  Tier 3 behaviors are sent directly to the office.


The following are general guidelines for disciplinary actions with regard to specific behaviors.  Please note that district administrators retain the authority to modify any of the stated consequences based on the severity of the behavior under the totality of the circumstances, including consideration of the student’s previous disciplinary record as necessary to determine a progressive disciplinary response.  Similarly, this is not an exhaustive list of actions which may lead to discipline, and the board authorizes its administrators to assign appropriate disciplinary consequences to student behaviors as necessary for the efficient, lawful, and respectful operation of the school.  It is never our goal to remove a student from school but rather to train our students to act respectfully and responsibly.


Chisholm Middle School staff have been trained in Responsibility Centered Discipline.  It is a specific model that teaches students how to accept responsibility for their actions.  Based on this model our “In School Suspension” room is called “In School Solutions.”  When students are unable to accept responsibility for their actions and fail to reach closure, they are placed in our In School Solutions room.  When they are ready to process with administration, as well as the teacher, they are allowed to go back to class.  


Possible Disciplinary Actions Definitions:

Inappropriate behaviors result in consequences to be determined by the principal, who may consult with the teacher involved.

The consequences could include, but may not be limited to, one or more of the following:

  • Administrative Conference  The building principal or assistant principal meets with the student to develop positive behaviors.  The conference may include parents/guardians, and/or staff & faculty, as well as the student.

  • Lunch Detention     The student reports directly to the lunch detention room supervisor during their scheduled lunch period.  The detention room supervisor will send for a sack lunch to be delivered to the detention room.

  • Extended Day Program (office detentions) Time after school may be assigned for violations of the school rules. This may be assigned for any of the violations listed in the “General Guidelines” or the District Discipline Plan.  Extended school day assignments will take precedence over school activities such as sports or other personal activities.  As part of the extended day program students will work through activities that address behaviors.

  • In School Solutions-ISS Students are placed in a supervised area for a specific length of time. Students are not allowed to talk or work in this setting. Students are NOT permitted to attend any school activities if they have not processed out.  Students are to think about their behavior and develop a solution should the issue arise again.  If behaviors continue, students will be sent home.

  • Short-Term Suspension—OSS  This suspension is a period of time, not to exceed 10 days, a student may be removed from school.  Students are NOT permitted to attend any school activities or come onto school grounds while on suspension.

  • Expulsion-OSS  Expulsion occurs when a student is removed from school for a minimum of 10 days and up to 186 school days pending a hearing.  It is possible the expulsion could extend over two school years.  Expulsions for certain weapon violations will be one calendar year in length.

Other possible consequences

  • Written notification to parents/guardians

  • Referral to counselor, social worker, and/or building team

  • Alternative educational placement

  • Create a behavioral plan/contract between the school, student, and parents.

  • Possible police involvement, if deemed appropriate

Tier 1


Behavior (Student)

Responses (Teacher/Office)


Tier 1: Early stage of misbehavior 

without a pattern



Must be documented.  

  • Not following directions

  • Blurting out

  • Sleeping in class

  • Arguing

  • Talking in class

  • Irritating distractions (i.e. tapping pencil)

  • Note passing

  • Writing on desks

  • Public Display of Affection

  • Dress code violation

  • Out of seat

  • Attention seeking behaviors

  • Repeatedly Tardy

Teacher Responses:

  • Establish positive relationship

  • Engaging lessons

  • Proximity

  • Proactive/not reactive

  • Eye contact

  • Non-verbal redirection

  • Parent contact

  • Verbal redirection

  • Private Conference

  • Ignore behavior

  • Move seat

  • Model

  • Mediation

  • Loss of privileges

  • Restitution

  • Apology

  • Restriction

  • Detention




Tier 2
Description Behavior (Student) Responses (Teacher/Office)

Tier 2:

Repeated pattern of misbehavior

over a period of time or elevated

misbehavior that requires

on-the-spot teacher intervention.  


Must be documented.

  • Continued pattern of Tier 1 behaviors

  • Blatant and continual defiance of Tier 1 interventions (responses)

  • Non-harassing name calling

  • Elevated disagreement between students

  • Cheating/plagiarism

  • Walking out of class

  • Cell phone/electronic device

  • Throwing things/spit wads

  • Running in class/hallway

  • Disrespecting any staff/students

  • Misbehavior for a sub

  • Throwing food in cafeteria

  • Refusal to comply/Insubordination

Teacher Responses:

  • Time out in the classroom

  • Parent contact

  • Loss of privileges

  • After school detention

  • Behavior plan

  • Bring to team meeting

  • Air Pass/Buddy Room

  • Private student/teacher conference

  • Team conference

  • Write a referral

  • Complete a reflection sheet

  • Continued use of Tier 1 responses

Office Response:

  • Detention


  • Expulsion Hearing

  • Contact Law Enforcement


Tier 3
Description Behavior (Student) Responses (Teacher/Office)

Misbehavior that threatens, intimidates, or endangers self
or others.


Must be documented.

  • Fighting

  • Possession/use of weapon

  • Aggressive physical contact

  • Squaring off to fight

  • Verbally threatening language/body language

  • Bullying/harassment towards students/staff

  • Cursing out staff/students

  • Theft of school or personal property

  • Gang graffiti

  • Refusal to comply/Insubordination

  • Intentional destruction of property

  • Sexual harassment/sex crime

  • Truancy (skipping class)


Teacher Response:

Teacher intervention not necessary.  
Call or send student to the office immediately.  Complete an office referral.


Office Response:

  • ISS

  • OSS

  • Community Service

  • Contact Law Enforcement

  • Expulsion hearing

  • Other as deemed necessary