Code of Conduct

Behavior Expectations


Lion’s Pledge

I am a Newcastle Lion
I have GREATNESS inside of me
I will use my greatness
To focus my mind and body.
To make good choices.
To treat others with respect and kindness.
To help solve problems.
To be the BEST me I can be.


Newcastle Lion PAWS-itive Behaviors

  • I focus my mind and body. Second Steps, our social-emotional curriculum, calls this ‘skills for learning’. Strategies for focusing the mind and body include active listening, avoiding distractions, following directions, positive self-talk and being assertive. In nearly every situation students need to learn how to focus their attention, sustain effort and avoid distractions.
  • I make good choices. Making good choices is about self-management or emotional management. It begins with self-awareness about our body, emotions and thinking. Sometimes it requires the use of calm-down strategies or strategies for managing frustration. We also teach how to handle anger, disappointment, mistakes, disagreements and worry in a positive and productive way.
  • I treat others with respect and kindness. Respect and kindness includes using common courtesy words, learning to identify feelings, embracing differences and being empathetic, caring and helpful.
  • I help solve problems. In both academic and social settings, learning to be students and citizens entails encountering problems and working toward solutions. Socially students learn how to be inclusive, play fair and handle interpersonal conflict from small typical problems to larger problems that require getting help or advocating for others.
Common AreasStudent ExpectationsStaff Role
  • Be silent (no talking)
  • Go straight to your destination (don't dawdle)
  • Walk (don't run)
  • Teach / practice hallway behaviors
  • Supervise group transitions
  • All staff respectfully retract students of
    the expectations
  • Include and invite others to play
  • Play fair, follow the rules
  • Play safe, watch for others
  • Apologize for accidents
  • Use kind words
  • Try to solve SMALL problems
  • Report BIG or continuing problems
  • Supervisors watch for unsafe behaviors
  • Help students solve problems
  • Report continuing problems to the Dean
  • Be quick (do your business and go)
  • Be quiet (whisper voice in restrooms)
  • Be clean (wash hands, don’t make a mess)
  • Teach the rules
  • Notice and address student being loud or
    messing in and around the restrooms
  • Watch for people and cars
  • Follow crossing or pick-up/drop-off procedures
  • Don’t play around
  • Keep your backpack on or hold it calmly
  • Supervisors monitor and address behaviors
  • Help students know where they are supposed to be
  • Help supervise the first five minutes of transition
    after school
  • Use a table voice (no yelling)
  • Stop talking and listen when an adult is on the mic
  • Stay in one seat (get permission for restroom use)
  • Keep feet under the table
  • Clean after yourself
  • Go one time to waste station
  • Supervisors monitor and help students
  • Minimize microphone use
  • Follow end-of-lunch transition
    plan in a timely manner
  • Use courtesy words
    • Please, Thank you
    • Excuse me, Sorry
    • Good morning, hello
  • Greet students in the morning
  • Model voice level and courtesy