Bear Creek R.O.C.K.S


    ​​A few years ago staff implemented the BEAR CREEK ROCKS program, and we feel that it has resulted in (certainly not perfect but) very consistent, exemplary behavior across the whole school. Data from our parent snapshot survey as well as our student climate survey indicates incredibly high percentages of students feeling safe about school, free from harassment and name calling, and clear about the school rules. The acronym ROCKS is used across all grade levels to teach the values and rules and stands for: RESPECT

    “OWN IT”




     As a staff, we try to be clear about the positive behaviors we want to see, and quick to recognize and acknowledge these behaviors. All children will receive “You Rock” slips throughout the year in their classrooms, and my hope is that by the end of the year they will also be recognized on morning announcements as a Rock Star of the Week.

     While always accentuating the positive, we have also tried to be as clear as possible about behaviors that are unacceptable. By being clear about what is not allowed, students know the lines not to cross. We have tried to limit the number of “no” statements to relatively few, so that they are easy to understand and remember. Below, for example, are the rules for recess time that we have covered with all students. Parents can help us by reinforcing these rules when supervising their children out on the playground before or after school:

     No hurtful, physical behavior

    No bullying or harassment

    No excluding others from games

    No throwing of rocks (or snowballs in the winter)

    No running with or using sticks as pretend weapons

    No tackling or grabbing other students and pulling on them

    Every student has the right to stop tag or chasing games at any time No taking hats (or shoes) – clothing is part of each person’s personal space

    Honor Bear Creek boundaries; ask permission before going inside for bathroom, etc.

    No offensive language

    Respect the decisions of all adults on the playground, who may need to change rules about games and activities based on safety concerns