Dear Ladera STARS Academy Students,
Every country has laws to help keep its citizens safe and every school has rules for the same reason. Some of the rules at school are in place to protect your right to learn in a safe, calm environment. Just about everything you are going to review with your parents on the following pages falls under one of the guidelines for success defined by The Dragon CODE:
Choose Character – Doing the right thing is something you have to choose to do every day…all day. We value all the character traits of a good citizen: kindness, integrity, gratitude, trustworthiness, and cooperation. Everyone has the right to be safe, to learn and be comfortable at school. When everyone makes choices that demonstrate these character traits, it can happen!
Own your Learning – When you come to school, you have a very important job - LEARNING. Every student is a scholar responsible for demonstrating scholarly behaviors: thirst for knowledge, perseverance, excellence, being prepared, and responsibility. Your teachers and parents can’t do this for you. It’s up to YOU!
Demonstrate Respect – Here are some things to remember about respect:
Respect is all about treating other people the way you would like them to treat you: listen to them, be kind to them, and help them if needed.
Respect is about being polite and having good manners. It has to do with thinking about other people’s feelings and doing and saying things that will make them feel good.
Listening to the adults at school is also an important part of respect. When they speak to you…listen. If they ask you a question…answer it. The Principal, Teachers, the Campus Supervisors, and the rest of the Staff at Ladera are here to make school a great place for every student.
Envision Success – Set goals for the kind of student you want to be…the kind of person you want to be…the things you want to accomplish. Then work hard to make it happen. You can do it! At STARS Academy, we believe in you!
As I always say, “You will never regret doing the right thing!” When we all follow the CODE at school and in life…THAT’s the success I envision!
Ladera STARS Academy follows a positive approach to discipline. The purpose of our policy is to help students develop self-control and learn to be accountable and responsible for their actions. We believe this begins by having a safe and nurturing learning environment conducive to learning and developing the total child (academically, mentally, physically and emotionally) therefore the climate and tone on campus encourages positive character in students. Encouraging students to adhere to high behavioral standards requires a partnership of the school staff, parents, and students. School-wide progressive discipline is based on common sense rules, classroom and school-wide standards and expectations for behavior, the Conejo Valley Unified School District Policies and Procedures, and the requirements of the California State Education Code. Students are informed of the standards, expectations, rules and regulations for acceptable behavior through assemblies, in-class discussions, announcements and written communication. Students are responsible for knowing, understanding, and complying with these standards for behavior. Consult our Handbook for more information.
Students are expected to…
a. Walk quietly in all hallways and between buildings.
b. Students are not allowed in classrooms or corridors without a teacher or authorized adult present.
c. When not in class or an authorized school function, students must remain in designated areas.
d. Only climb on playground equipment. Do not climb on backstops, fences, railings or anything else.
e. When playing at recess, lunch or before school, do not use body contact, tackle each other or fight (pretend or real). Fighting, kicking, hitting, roughhousing, play fighting, spitting, pushing, tripping, or any harmful play will not be tolerated.
f. Play in appropriate playground areas, not around or in restrooms.
g. Utilize playground equipment; do NOT throw rocks or dirt.
h. Food is permitted in the cafeteria, patio lunch shelter and blacktop picnic tables ONLY. Student may not walk/run around while eating.
i. Swearing, offensive language, bullying, teasing, or name-calling will not be tolerated.
j. Treat Campus Supervisors and ALL adults with respect by not arguing, back talking, or using foul language.
k. Wait to be dismissed from lunch area, put trash in appropriate containers and walk to the playground.
l. Always wait your turn on all equipment and treat other students with kindness and respect.