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Golden Work Ethic Award

Requirements

Students meeting all 10 criteria will be recognized twice a year, at the end of the 2nd and 4th grading periods.

Standard #1:  Discipline

Students demonstrating this standard

  • Consistently follow classroom behavior guidelines with little or no prompting.
  • Quickly respond to behavior corrections when they are needed.
  • Consistently take responsibility for own actions.

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Read the school’s student handbook with your child and talk about the school’s guidelines for behavior.
  • Be consistent with your expectations of your child’s behavior at home.
  • Be supportive of teachers and classroom guidelines.
  • Maintain regular communication with classroom teachers.  Use emails, telephone calls, letters, etc.
  • Communicate with your child about their discipline and behavior on a daily basis.

Standard #2:  Attendance

Students demonstrating this standard will attend school more than 96% of the time.  (No more than 3 absences during the 18 week award period)

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Whenever possible, plan doctor and dentist appointments outside the school day.
  • Schedule family vacations so they do not conflict with the school calendar.
  • Talk with your child about the importance of regular attendance in your work setting.
  • Reinforce the importance of school attendance everyday.
  • Parents model excellent attendance in their workplace.
  • Celebrate at home the accomplishments of student with attendance.
  • Notify school any time the student will be absent.  Follow-up with a written note.
  • Talk to children about the correlation between attendance and success in school and in the workforce.
  • Talk with your child about ways to encourage healthy behavior (i.e. common cold, head lice, etc.)

Standard #3:  Absence

Students demonstrating this standard have no more than one unexcused absence per 18 week award period.

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Remind your child frequently of the importance of regular school attendance.
  • Establish family guidelines on acceptable reasons for absence that are consistent with your school’s policies (i.e. fever, stomach problems, family emergency, etc.)
  • If you work outside the home, talk with your child about acceptable reasons for absence established by your employer.
  • If your child must miss school for an acceptable reason, enforce that schoolwork is made up in a timely manner.

Standard #4:  Punctuality

Students demonstrating this standard come to school on time and stay at school until dismissal.  (Have no more than one unexcused tardy per 18 week award period)

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Provide your child with an alarm clock and demonstrate how to use it.  Begin to put the responsibility for waking up in the morning on your child.
  • Parents should model this behavior.
  • Set and maintain consistent bed times that allow for proper amounts of sleep.  Many experts recommend a minimum of 8 hours per night.
  • Make sure that your child has everything needed for school ready the night before.  This could include laying out school clothes, as well as organizing homework and book bag.
  • Be prepared to leave house in plenty of time to allow for delays due to traffic, road conditions, or other possible delays.

Standard #5:  Service Learning/Community Service

Students demonstrating this standard:

  • Find ways to help others in the classroom and the community.
  • Participate in at least one school-sponsored community service or service learning project. (must complete and turn in form indicating participation)
  • Reflect on their community service experience and tell others about it.

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Provide your child with a list of regular chores that can be done to help out around the house.
  • Model this behavior by participating in community service projects and talking with your child about the experience.
  • Help your child to develop an awareness of community needs.
  • Encourage and facilitate opportunities for your child to volunteer.
  • Discuss with your child the rewards of being involved with the wider community.
  • Recognize and point our examples of other individual and group efforts that have benefited the community.

Standard #6:  Academic Performance

Students demonstrating this standard:

  • Meet or exceed academic expectations for grade level (grade of “C” or better in all subjects).
  • Make continuous academic progress.

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Provide a regular time and place at home for your child to do homework uninterrupted by the television and other distractions.
  • Make homework and academic tasks a family priority.
  • Communicate a positive attitude toward school and homework.
  • Communicate clearly to your child that you value school and academics.
  • Help your child understand the relationship between good academic performance and success at the next level of school.
  • Support the teacher by reviewing child’s homework and agenda book for completion. Review and discuss homework assignments and returned class work.
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences and keep close/consistent communication with your child’s teacher.
  • Join your school’s parent/teacher association and regularly attend meetings and events.
  • Encourage your child to take on challenging class work and assignments.

  Standard #7:  Work Habits

Students demonstrating this standard:

  • Successfully complete projects on time.
  • Work well in groups.
  • Respect the ideas and views of others.
  • Stay on task and make continuous progress.

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Talk with your child about the importance of a strong work ethic in a variety of settings including home, school, and other organizations.
  • Model a strong work ethic, keeping your word, honoring commitments, and always doing your best.  Talk with your child about the importance of this.
  • Provide opportunities to develop a strong work ethic at home through chores and other responsibilities.
  • Talk with the child about projects they are involved with at school or elsewhere and reinforce good work habits.  Recognize and celebrate when chores and projects are completed in a timely manner.

Standard #8:  Preparedness

Students demonstrating this standard:

  • Arrive at class on time and with the required materials and supplies including books, pencils, paper, and completed homework.
  • Seldom ask to leave class for forgotten supplies or materials.

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Make sure your child has all necessary school supplies and help your child learn ways to organize and manage these supplies.
  • Set aside a place at home to keep supplies and school materials.
  • Encourage your child to organize everything needed for the next school day the evening before.  Checklists can help your child self-manage this task.
  • Set positive example at home by being prepared and punctual.

Standard #9:  Respect

Students demonstrating this standard:

  • Are polite when dealing with others.
  • Respond with respect, even when they do not get their way.
  • Are aware of and accept/respect the differences among their peers and don’t make fun of these differences.
  • Demonstrate proper etiquette when interacting with others.  This includes calling people by appropriate name and title, shaking the hand of someone they are introduced to, and looking at the people to whom they are speaking.
  • Demonstrate respect for the rules and policies of the school and/or other environments.
  • Demonstrate respect for the property of others (i.e. school grounds).

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Demonstrate positive ways to show respect for others as a model for students.
  • Talk with your child about appropriate behavior in a variety of settings.
  • Model and reinforce this behavior at home.
  • Require family members to show respect for each other.
  • Discuss with your child the different ways that one can show respect (through actions, words, respect for time, etc.)
  • Always show respect toward your family members and avoid sarcasm.
  • Reinforce suggestions/comments sent home by teacher – teach your child how to apply the teacher’s suggestions.

Standard #10:  Cooperation

Students demonstrating this standard:

  • Accept different roles and share responsibilities when doing group work.
  • Share ideas and listen to the ideas of others.
  • Are willing to accept a group decision.

What parents can do to support development of this standard:

  • Demonstrate cooperation at home and in outside environments.
  • Be intentional about creating opportunities for family cooperation.
  • Provide opportunities for sharing.
  • Reward unsolicited acts of cooperation.

Students meeting all 10 criteria will be invited (along with one parent) to attend an informal dinner at the school.  Each student will be recognized with a certificate and a token of recognition.  Someone from the local business community will give a brief talk about the importance of developing a good work ethic.

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Burlington Elementary School5946 N. Orient St.
Burlington, KY 41005
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