Creating a Safe and Positive Learning Environment
Many students, parents and teachers alike appreciate the friendly, positive, safe and supportive environment at ISR. ISR teachers ensure a nurturing, positive and caring classroom within a bilingual/multilingual school environment where our culturally diverse student body feels motivated to learn and grow.
Students are encouraged to be engaged in their responsibilities as students and members of the ISR Community. To help the school and its students excel and enjoy being with each other, all members must take responsibility for their actions.
ISR positively reinforces and rewards behaviors that lead to academic success and character building. These are just a few ways we promote a positive learning environment that helps engage each student and makes learning fun!
Teachers and staff implement and maintain a safe and secure learning environment through the guiding principles handed down by SABIS®.
- Uphold high standards of ethical, moral and civic conduct
- Encourage informed decisions on social issues
- Teach students to defend convictions and reverse negative peer pressure
- Encourage participation in extra-curricular activities, school management and community work
- Foster tolerance, co-operation, guidance and teamwork
- Develop a true understanding of the people of the world through an appreciation of differences as well as similarities
Code of Conduct
The student Code of Conduct is the behavioral framework by which the school carries on its daily operations. It is expected that students, like the rest of us, will make mistakes. It is our hope that students will learn from their mistakes. By abiding by the Code of Conduct, we expect students to have a more productive and successful learning experience.
Code of Conduct: Principles We Live By at ISR
- I will always try. I will pay attention in class, and follow the teacher’s instructions. I will complete my homework assignments on time.
- I will always do my best. I will be in my assigned seat with all necessary materials when class begins. I will walk quietly in the hallway so as not to disturb other lessons that may be in progress.
- I will cooperate and actively help others. I will not use or tolerate violence of any kind. I will not bully/mob another student. I will not tolerate bullying or mobbing of a student by others. Bullying/Mobbing can be physical, verbal or psychological and is defined by the systematic and continuous intimidation of another person.
- I will treat people and property with respect. I will be respectful towards other students and teachers. I will not use verbally abusive and/or inappropriate language. I will not steal, cheat, plagiarize or be dishonest in any other way. I will respect school property and materials as well as keep classrooms, corridors and restrooms clean.
- I will manage myself. I will not disturb or distract other students during the lesson. I will raise my hand to gain permission to speak. I will remain in my seat until the teacher gives me permission to leave my seat. I will not use electrical/battery operated devices (such as radios, iPods, MP3 players, mobile phones, any gaming devices, etc.) at school. I will keep these devices in my bag and/or cubby during the school day if I have them at school. I will not chew gum at school. I will respect the dress code and wear clothing appropriate for school.
At ISR teachers and staff use creative ways to positively reinforce and reward good grades, responsible behavior and achievement in ways that help us achieve our vision of “Enabling great minds and strong characters”.
ISR Kindergarten and Primary teachers develop systems of positive reinforcement for good behavior, such as stickers, positive points and a treasure chest with prizes for students who merit them.
From the 7th grade and above, students with good grades and behavior can earn “privileges”, which means during the exam week at the end of each term, they are required to come to school only for their tests. The rest of the time they may study at home, play with friends or relax.
Each student will also be given a classroom job, such as “door holder”, “table cleaner” or “attendance taker”. By performing their roles, students accumulate positive points that appear on their report cards at the end of each term.
In addition, each term there is an Awards Ceremony where students are awarded certificates in areas such as “the most improved student” or “student with zero infractions”. Awards are also given for those students with the most reading points in the Accelerated Reading (AR) and the German Antolin programs.
Each student has the opportunity to make it on the “Honor Roll” each term, which acknowledges students with the best academic achievement and role model behavior.
Acknowledging our students’ success in non-academic areas is essential to promoting a positive school environment that values our students reaching their potential in all areas. Our ISR sports teams, music award winners and exceptional artists showcase their achievements on our website, in our weekly newsletter to parents and on our Facebook page.
Under the umbrella of community building, students focus on five key themes which encompass and build upon concepts learned during Advising class:
- Self-awareness: Identify own feelings and actions
- Self-management: Self motivate and regulate actions and words
- Social awareness: Embrace diversity and develop empathy
- Relationship skills: Work cooperatively and solve conflicts
- Responsible decision making: Evaluate consequences before acting; consider the well-being of others and self
Social responsibility is also taught and reinforced in many ways at ISR, but most especially through our regular Advising classes, SLO® (Student Life Organization) opportunities and also in our IB students’ CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) projects.
Involvement in SLO® (Student Life Organization)
Students are encouraged to become involved in ISR’s Student Life through the SABIS Student Life Organization®. As an SLO® prefect, a student may volunteer for different duties, ranging from entering attendance information into a database and helping out the playground supervisors to planning events and fundraisers. Student involvement in SLO® helps form a strong ISR school community based on cooperation, mutual respect and responsibility and enables students to accumulate positive points.
Philosophy of Discipline
The primary objective at ISR is to assist each student to develop into a responsible, self-disciplined individual willing to assume a role as a productive member of society. An important aspect of this process is learning to respect the rules and regulations that are established for the protection of the rights of all members of the school community.
It is when a student’s behavior presents a risk to his/her own well-being, interferes with the right of others, or becomes disruptive to the educational process that parents, teachers, staff and administration must take corrective action through the Code of Conduct.
Every member of staff at ISR is a contributing partner in the important area of student management. All adults have the obligation to report any inappropriate behavior to the administration.
Discipline issues are handled by teachers, in consultation with the Academic Coordinators and Discipline Administrator and in partnership with parents, when necessary.