Grit cards represent a structured behavior program designed for most students. Teachers/administrators have the right to use professional judgment to modify this plan for individual students as needed.
∙ Each quarter, all fifth grade students will receive a GRIT/character card and are expected to have it in their possession throughout the whole school day.
∙ After being seated in a classroom, a student will place their GRIT card positive side up in the upper corner of their desk. Teachers will use the positive side of the GRIT card to record positive student behaviors.
∙ If a student displays a behavior that falls in the Behavior Matrix, then he/she may receive a verbal warning or an immediate written infraction depending on the behavior. If a verbal warning is given, the student will turn his/her card over so the infraction side is face up at their desk.
∙ If, after receiving a verbal warning, a student continues the behavior, the teacher will record and initial an infraction on their card.
Any student who loses their GRIT card will have it replaced with a white GRIT card; if the card is replaced more than once, the student won’t be eligible for the quarterly reward. When the student finds his/her GRIT card, it is his/her responsibility to bring both the white GRIT card and the original GRIT card to their homeroom teacher. The homeroom teacher will staple the two cards together, and the student will receive an infraction in the area of “prepared for class.”
Student will receive an after-school detention if they:
- Earn any two behavior infractions on their character card in one day.
- Earn four behavior infractions on their character card in one week.
- Commit a violation of school or district rules. Please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for specific behaviors.
Student will receive an office referral if:
- The behavior problems persist after classroom interventions, behavior plans implemented, detentions, and parent meetings.
- A student earns two after-school detentions in one quarter.
- Physical or verbal aggression, theft, vandalism, threatening acts, fighting, or any infraction listed in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (which can be found on the West Wing’s website) will warrant immediate consequences in the form of an office referral or teacher-issued after school detention.
Teachers will use the Grit card when completing the citizenship grade on the quarterly report card. Refer to the GRIT card and West Wing Behavior Matrix for further details.