NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL of NEENAH
A Proactive Approach to Student Conduct and Bullying
A Statement of Faith
The faculty and staff of New Hope Christian School understand the importance of a secure school environment, conducive to teaching and learning in an environment free from threat, harassment, and any type of purposeful mistreatment of other members of the school family. We acknowledge that children have been entrusted to our care. With that care, comes the responsibility of providing a safe environment so that physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth can take place.
The mandate to love each other comes for our Lord Jesus Himself. Jesus commands us to love God and love one another.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “ Matthew 22:37-39
At the heart of following Jesus command is a commitment by the faculty and staff of NHCS to model the love that Jesus has shown to us and encourage all members of our school family to do likewise.
A Statement of Belief
It is the belief of NHCS that the entire school community; students, teachers, parents, administrator and all staff, must be involved in the process of building a positive school climate in which caring and considerate interactions thrive and are encouraged while inappropriate conduct toward others (physical and emotional) is deemed unacceptable.
MAIN OBJECTIVE: Develop a climate within the school that promotes a pro-social, caring, Christ like community.
Methods of Building a Positive School Climate
- Intentional lessons plans created by the teachers at each grade level that are intended to promote a positive school climate and clearly define bullying and the dangers it creates.
- Incorporate RESPECT Statements into each classroom and school wide disciplinary procedures
- Wednesday Chapels centered on God’s Word and the importance of building Christian character
- Daily Quiet Bible Time where students and teacher devote 10 minutes to Scripture reading and prayer to begin every day
- Link new families with existing families to help them integrate into the school family
- Use Chapel Buddies to enhance a sense of school community and mentoring
- Implementation of an all school Bullying Curriculum from Focus on The Family in 2010-2011 school year in addition to The Getting Along Christian Curriculums and other resources already used by NHCS.
GOD’S WORD and RESPECT FOR GOD, OTHERS and OURSELVES
The following six areas of RESPECT will be connected to Scripture for continuous teaching in every classroom at NHCS.
1. RESPECT FOR GOD AND HIS WORD. Deuteronomy 11:18-20- “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds, tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you site at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Colossians 3:16-17- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
2. RESPECT FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY. Hebrews 13:17- “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Titus 3:1-2- “remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show trust and humility toward all men.”
3. RESPECT FOR OUR CLASSMATES AND OTHERS. Philippians 2:3-5- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Romans 12:10-11- “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
4. RESPECT FOR OUR BODIES AND OUR GOD GIVEN TALENTS. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20- “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1 Peter 4:10- “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s Grace in its various forms.”
5. RESPECT FOR THE LEARNING PROCESS AND THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT
James 3:17- “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
James 1:19- “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
6. RESPECT FOR OUR SCHOOL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY, AND PROPERTY OF OTHERS. Exodus 20:15-17- “You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.” Acts 4:32- “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
Also read the Scriptures from ‘The Message’.
When parents, church and school work together in harmony, great learning can happen and student lives can be transformed into a growing and deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. Student Conduct/Bullying issues will be greatly minimized. This is the ultimate goal for every NHCS student. An ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, that will guide them through life – school life, and into adult life, and to eternity.
Our Sinful Nature
We acknowledge that sin is a part of our human condition and is present in our school. One manifestation of sin is evident when those in our school family intentionally mistreat one another. Because of the Grace show to us in Jesus Christ, we emphasize the need to accept responsibility for our actions and to forgive one another.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
It is important for all members of the New Hope Christian School family to understand that bullying behaviors in school will not be tolerated. Students demonstrating bullying behaviors will be subject to the School Wide Disciplinary procedures as described and summarized below.
Bullying is the REPEATED intimidation of other by the real or threatened infliction of physical, verbal, written, electronically transmitted, or emotional abuse.
It may include, but not limited to, actions such as verbal taunts, name-calling, and put-downs, including ethnically based or gender based verbal put down and exclusion from peer groups within the school.
A. Teacher will handle initial situation according to their classroom procedures.
Parents who are aware of bullying in school should encourage their child to report such incidents to their teacher or administration
If the child is unwilling or unable to communicate with the teacher, the parent should tell the teacher about the situation.
Parents and students involved in the situation may be asked to meet all together with the principal, and the teacher(s), to discuss what has happened. NHCS prays for all parties involved to come together in a spirit of openness and willingness to hear what needs to be shared, and to then have a mutual conversation about how to handle this situation as believers in Christ.
B. Teacher or other faculty member will issue a Conduct Report to formally notify the parents if classroom procedures have failed to resolve the bullying behaviors.
Student will be required to visit the principal’s office to discuss the dangers of such actions and the consequences for continued mistreatment of other students.
C. When further action is necessary based on non conformity a Student Referral will be issued. A mandatory Parent/Teacher/Principal/Student conference will take place. An in house suspension may be issued at a length determined by school administration.
D. Referral: administration may recommend/require counseling.
E. Proper authorities will be notified when criminal intent is obvious or when the situation warrants such action.
LP / 5-2010
Respond toward others in an appropriate manner as Christ would have you do. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
Excellence is expected! Use the gifts God has given you! Whatever you do, it all for the Glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Serve others, each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s Grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Pay attention and participate. Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20
Encourage, not discourage, others. be devoted to one another, in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourself. Romans 12:10
Come to class prepared to learn with all materials, a good attitude, and on time to lay a foundation for learning. Be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 2:4
Treat others as you would like to be treated. Take responsibility for your actions. Your attitude should be that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5