Behavior Expectations

     Most adolescents are anxiously anticipating the new freedom they will enjoy when they become licensed drivers.  As we all know, however, driving is a privilege, not a right.  Privileges can be revoked.  This is a lesson better learned in the safety of the classroom, rather than on the roadways of life later on.  In order to promote an awareness that all behaviors (good and bad) result in consequences, our Behavior Expectations are modeled after the rules of the road.  Here is a summary of what we will follow in class:


The Rules of the Road

On the Highway to Success



1.  Be READY to learn:

Come to class with your materials and a good attitude every day.

STOP at the door and make sure you are READY!



2.  Be RESPECTFUL to others:

Treat others with care and concern through your words and actions.

YIELD to others and make sure you are RESPECTFUL!



3.  Be RESPONSIBLE to yourself:

Complete your assignments on time and to the best of your ability.

LIMIT distractions that make you less RESPONSIBLE!



4.  Be RESPONSIVE to changes:

Ask for help if you encounter difficulty and need help.

CAUTION me of struggles so you can be RESPONSIVE!


Breaking the Rules of the Road will result in a “traffic ticket.” (student notification)

Three (3) tickets will result in a trip to “traffic court.” (student conference)

Additional tickets will result in loss of privileges. (parent notification)


     Failure to uphold the Behavior Expectations will result in swift, fair, and consistent consequences.  Below is a general list of these consequences.  Be informed that any behavior considered dangerous, destructive, defiant, or illegal is considered to be severe behavior, regardless of any previous infractions.





1-    Initial

Student, Teacher

Student Notification

2-   Subsequent

Student, Teacher

Student Conference

3-   Chronic

Student, Teacher, Parent

Parent Notification *

4-   Severe

Student, Teacher, Parent, Administration

Determined by Administration **


Important Notes:

  * Additional consequences may be necessary to remediate chronic behavior.  Examples include detention and loss of privileges (i.e. participation in activities.)  At the chronic level, consequences will be discussed with the parent/guardian.

  ** Be aware that consequences may include (but not limited to) suspension or expulsion - refer to your Parent Handbook.


     Please understand that teaching individual responsibility and accountability is the primary goal of the behavior expectations.  Therefore, parents should not expect to hear of every minor offense.  Instead, students are encouraged to reflect on their behavior and are given opportunities to correct it.  To accomplish this, students may receive a “traffic ticket” from me first.  Here is an example ticket:



police-car[1]Traffic Ticket - Issued by: ___Mr. Skirbst, Science Teacher___


Date: _____  Time: _____  Place: _____________________


I, (your name) ______________________________ was not following the Rules of the Road.


Refer to items checked below:


___  1. 13488694815943[1]  Being READY to learn:

            I did not come to class with my materials and a good attitude.


___  2. drive-44422_640[1]  Being RESPECTFUL to others:

            I did not treat others with care and concern through my words and actions.


___  3. 489px-Speedlimit50   Being RESPONSIBLE to yourself:

            I did not complete my assignments, on time, and to the best of my ability.


___  4. caution[1]  Being RESPONSIVE to changes:

            I did not ask for help when I was struggling and needed assistance.


I understand the “Rules of the Road” and that I have not followed them.

I also understand what will happen if I continue to not follow them:

Breaking rules result in a “traffic ticket.” (student notification)

Three (3) tickets result in “traffic court.” (student conference)

Any additional tickets result in privilege loss. (parent notification)


Signed by: ___________________________    Write your statement on the back explaining what happened.