RESPECT. IT’S WHAT WE DO.
At the Browne Middle School, we know that students learn best when they feel safe, distractions are few, and they feel confident taking intellectual risks. We create a unified, positive school culture that helps every student develop the habits of mind of a high achiever.
Shared Values and Expectations
We’ve established a clear set of school values and expectations. All staff and partners use the same language to teach and reinforce these behaviors.
- RESPECT. At the Browne we live by three core values of respect:
- Respect the School
- Respect Others
- Respect Yourself
- Nine common classroom expectations are posted prominently throughout the school, emphasizing respect for the school, others and self.
- Explicit teaching of productive behaviors, such as “tight transitions” between activities and the “SLANT” method of active listening, keeps students engaged with learning.
- BMS Teamwear: Because we believe we are all a part of the same team, our students wear our version of a uniform we call teamwear. We expect students to show their pride in our school, and to stay focused on the most important reason they are in school—learning--by being in teamwear every day.
Celebrating the Positive
We know that the vast majority of students will do the right thing if positive behavior is consistently reinforced. What’s more, we think hard work deserves recognition!
- Staff model praise and emotional constancy in their daily interactions
- Monthly assemblies celebrate positive behavior and academic accomplishments.
- Individual students and homerooms earn awards and incentives for their efforts.
Our goal is to help all students, including those with significant social and emotional challenges, become part of a positive school community. Some students require additional support.
- A clear and consistent discipline matrix eliminates confusion about the consequences for poor behavior.
- Early warning indicators help staff pair students with appropriate services, monitor their progress, and resolve barriers to learning.
- Frequent communication with families about students’ strengths and their progress with “lagging skills” helps us all stay on the same page.