Findings from scholastic audits from 141 of Kentucky's schools have shown that schools that meet their academic achievement goals also rank high in creating a safe orderly environment where equity and diversity are valued and supported and all adults take responsibility for the achievement of all students.
In our efforts to create this kind of "safe and orderly" environment and reach our academic goals, MCIS has adopted a school-wide behavior plan based on the CHAMPs philosophy. Designed by teachers and principals, the goal of CHAMPs is to assist principals in:
- Ensuring that all school settings are safe and productive.
- Creating a positive school climate with high expectations for all.
- Designing effective policies and procedures for prompting students to be responsible, highly motivated, and actively engaged in school tasks.
- Guiding staff in being:
- Proactive (preventing problems before they begin.)
- Positive (interacting with students in a friendly, inviting way and providing age-appropriate, positive feedback)
- Instructional (correcting misbehavior calmly and consistently to teach students to behave more responsibly.
CHAMPs teaches expectations (what students should look like and sound like) at various locations (i.e. hallway, restroom, cafeteria, recess, assembly, bus, dismissal, etc.) C stands for conversation level, H stands for help and refers to what a student is expected to do if he or she needs help with the task at hand, A stands for activity which refers to what the student should be doing, M stands for movement and refers to the type of movement that is allowed at a particular time, and P stands for participation and refers to how students should participate in the activity.