Vital Behaviors

Landmark has identified five behaviors that are “VITAL” to success in your life. Like your physical vital signs—heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and body temperature; if your vital behaviors are weak, you may fail. Thus, these behaviors are essential. Administrators, teachers, and staff at Landmark focus on helping students be aware of these behaviors, how well students are living up to them, and doing what we can to help students improve them.

 

Attendance

Let’s face it. If you can’t make it to school; you simply can’t make it!

Most students, who are not successful, are not successful because they simply choose not to show up.

When you show up, you have already won half of the battle. Now, if you show up with a positive attitude, you are really on to something!  If you don’t Suit up and Show Up, nothing else will matter!

Expectations

  1. The attendance goal for every student is 90%.
  2. Be to every class on time including first period.  Be responsible enough to solve your own transportation problems
  3. We are a closed campus. From the second you arrive at the school parking entrance, you are on campus.  You may not leave without proper authorization until the school day is over!

Opportunities for Landmark off-campus lunch time may be made available to students who are meeting expectations.

 

Positive Attitude

A Positive Attitude is one of the most desirable characteristics a person can develop. Positive people attract more friends, are more successful, and happier.

We all have bad days. Things aren’t always going our way. Because our attitude affects everyone else around us, we must always try to be our best selves. So, even if you are not having the best day of your life…Act as if you are! You and everyone around you will be better for it. And, who knows, you may have a great day regardless of your challenges.

Expectations

  1. Don’t just comply with rules and policies, do it with a good attitude.
  2. Be courteous and polite with others.
  3.  If you feel you are being treated unfairly, ask for an opportunity to explain your thoughts respectfully at an appropriate time. An administrator is happy to help.
  4. Show enthusiasm and interest in the things you do at school.
  5. Don’t take your issues out on others. 
 
Be Productive

Productive people get things done. They seek self-improvement. They know where to go when they need help and are not afraid to ask for it.

Productive people don’t always get it right the first time. They are persistent and don’t give up. J. K.

Rawlings, author of the Harry Potter series, was rejected 8 times before her book was finally published!

Productive students have good learning behaviors. Student productivity will lead to success at school.

Expectations

  1. Stay on task in class.
  2. Complete assignments.
  3. Hand in completed assignments on time.
  4. Get missed assignments and make-up work when absent and complete it in a timely manner.
  5. Ask for help when you need it.
  6. When you finish your work before others, find ways to go the extra mile. Do extra credit.
  7. Always do your best work.
 
Cooperate

Wherever you go, whatever you do, you are expected to act a certain way, to pull your weight, to comply with the rules, and to contribute to the success of the team—to cooperate.  Everyone is expected to do their part. If they don’t, the system, the team, the organization, the family, or the relationship falls apart.

Cooperation includes doing what is expected and helping others around you to do the same.  This is true for employees on the job, friends in a group, athletes on a team, and students in a school.  We must all learn to cooperate in the setting we are in.

Expectations

  1. Know the expectations and do your best  to meet  them.
  2. If you are doing something you shouldn’t, or not doing something you should, quickly change your behavior.
  3. You don’t have to agree with every rule; but, you do have to cooperate and follow them.
  4. When you aren’t being cooperative, be mature enough to accept the consequences for your choices.

 

Respect

Respect is how we treat each other and ourselves.  An old proverb says, “Treat others the way you want them to treat you.”  If we wait for others to treat us a certain way before we treat them with respect, and they feel the same way, guess what would happen?  Our power and influence in the world is directly related to how we treat others.

Respect includes not tolerating any cruelty or violence from yourself or  others. This includes: drug abuse, and physical, verbal, sexual, emotional and electronic harassment.  This also includes conversation that glorifies these behaviors.    

Expectations

  1. Use respectful and courteous language with staff and other students. This includes avoiding sexual conversation and profanity.
  2. Don’t  tolerate any type of violence from yourself or others.
  3. Report all threats of violence.
  4. Be aware of your own thoughts and feelings. If you are angry, find a way to address those feelings in a positive and constructive way.
  5. Avoid conversation that glorifies harmful disrespectful behaviors.

 Consequences

We all slip up. However, when we do, we must be mature enough to accept the consequences. A wise person said,

“We can control our choices, but we can’t always control the consequences of our choices.”

The administration may decide to use alternatives to out-of-school suspension.  These may include: in-school-suspensions, work hours, skill building training, contracts etc..

Serious violations of the District Safe School Policy will likely result in out-of-school suspensions or expulsions, possible police involvement, and/or an alternative placement. These serious violations include: fighting, threats of violence, weapons at school, drugs and alcohol, gang behavior, and extreme disrespect to the staff.