Charles Boehm Procedural Updates
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Student Expectation Presentation
A Message From Mr. Bloom
Dear Boehm Families,
I hope the upcoming winter break finds you all healthy and looking forward to a relaxing break with your children. I know the last 12 months have been extremely stressful for everyone! We are looking forward to turning the page on 2021 and starting 2022 off on the right foot. I want to thank all of you for your continued support. I want to give high praise to our students and staff members who have persevered through each challenge that has been put in front of them. Our theme for the year is “We Get To.” It has been great to get back to normal with our students in the building. We “Get To” see our students interacting with their peers in classrooms, trying out for sports teams, playing in concerts, and participating in extracurricular activities. That is what school is all about!
No matter the year or the challenges we face, our goal always remains the same. We strive to create a school where students want to attend, teachers want to teach, parents want to send their students, and community members are proud to call home. Along with all of the great things that we have seen this year, we have also experienced challenges that we may not have experienced prior to 2020. Across the building (and social media/messaging apps), we are seeing inappropriate social interactions, inappropriate language, and failure to follow simple expectations. We knew returning to full-time in-person learning would mean teaching and reviewing socialization skills to students who had never been in a middle school setting. We have spent a great deal of time teaching the expected behaviors to all of our students. We have guidelines, procedures, and rules in place to ensure our teachers are able to educate your children in a safe and supportive learning environment. We are seeing behaviors of concern in the less structured areas such as the halls, bathrooms, the cafeteria, and the buses.
When we return from the winter break, we will be reinforcing procedures and expectations with all of our students and implementing the following procedural changes.
Use of hallway lockers - All students will be required to store their belongings, including backpacks, in their lockers. Students will have plenty of designated times to stop at their lockers, cutting down on hallway traffic and congestion.
Cell phones - Cell phones have become a major distraction to students during and in between classes. Students will be required to keep their phones turned off and stored in their lockers.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, all students were required to keep backpacks in their lockers. We feel a return to this practice will help reduce distractions and some of the behavioral concerns we have been seeing. Students who have not had the chance to practice opening their lockers will be provided multiple opportunities to do so.
As I stated earlier in this message, our goal is always to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. We know this year has been challenging. We also know that as a school community, there is no challenge that is too big for us to overcome. Remember, “We Get To” build each other up, and “We Get To” be amazing each day! I hope you are all looking forward to a relaxing winter break. I wish you all the best as we approach 2022! I cannot wait to see our students back in 2022!
- Will all students need to use their lockers?-Yes
- Will they have time to practice with the locks?-Yes, we will have an extended homeroom on Monday, January 3rd for all students to practice their lockers. Students can also practice during Opportunity Period.
- How will my child carry the items they need for classes without a bookbag?-We have never permitted bookbags prior to COVID. Students will have designated locker times in order to get the materials that they need for class.
- Who assigns lockers?-Homeroom teachers