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It's all about respect at Schalmont Middle School

Sept. 9, 2015

lockersnoteThe Schalmont Middle School staff wants students to start the 2015-16 school year off on a positive note.

Row after row of lockers boast individual notes telling students to “aim high,” “always smile,” and “don’t let anyone bring you down.” A new banner at the entrance to the middle school encourages them to “leave your mark.”

Those are just a few of the many reminders throughout the school of the building’s Sabre Citizen campaign, which focuses on four characteristics of respect: responsible, honest, caring, and trustworthy.

stairs“The planning for this initiative got underway last year after students were surveyed about the climate of the school,” Middle School Assistant Principal Scott Ziomek said. “We wanted to know what does respect look like in our school.”

 Both staff and students were given an opportunity to brainstorm, and from that, the four characteristic of respect for Sabre Citizens emerged.

From there, Ziomek and the staff set about establishing the Respect campaign.

“We focused on how do we make this come to life. We wanted it to feel and look different than anything we’ve done before,” he said.

The results include positive messages taped to every student’s locker for the first day of school, a reminder of the characteristics painted on the buildings stairs, and framed posters featuring Schalmont students illustrating positive examples of respect in the building.

“Our goal is to create a positive climate that emphasizes all aspects of respect: student to student, student to staff, staff to students, and staff to staff, both in person and online,” Ziomek said. “We have no doubt that our students will live up to the expectation of what it means to be a Sabre Citizen.”

Other initiatives associated with the program will be rolled out as the school year gets underway, such as an incentive plan, postcards, and assemblies.

“We intend to keep the respect campaign exciting and at the forefront for everyone throughout the year,” Ziomek said.