Research shows that the most effective discipline systems use proactive strategies to prevent discipline problems. Before consequences are given, students must first be supported in learning the skills necessary to enhance a positive school climate and avoid negative behavior. In the event of misconduct, it is essential to the student’s future that consequences are appropriate and sequential.
Standards of Conduct
To encourage a consistent, firm, and fair culture of discipline that affirms positive behavior, Santa Teresa High School has adopted a school-wide standard of conduct that includes the rights and responsibilities of students, a student code of conduct, interventions for specific disruptive behaviors, and appropriate consequences. To find out more, visit the webpage of the ESUHSD - Student Discipline
Implementation of 21st Century Skills in Student Discipline and Behavior
As public schools continue the transition to Common Core Standards and Smarter Balance Assessment
System of computer adaptive testing its crucial that the district evolves into teaching 21st century work and
life skills and to assess students success in those skills. According to Tony Wagner, researcher and author of
the book “The Global Achievement Gap” (2008), states that students need to learn critical thinking and
problem solving skills in order to be competitive in today’s society and having only basics will is not
sufficient. Therefore it is imperative that the district and its community adapts and practices the 5Cs.
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
• Breaking a whole into its parts and examining them so that the structure and meaning of the whole
• Evaluating evidence, examining claims and questioning facts to make judgments based upon
• Combining parts to build understanding of a whole concept or to form a new or unique whole.
• Assessing efficiently and effectively, evaluating information critically and competently, and using
information accurately and creatively.
Creative Thinking Skills
• Contributing to details that expand, enrich or embellish.
• Being open and responsive to new, diverse ideas and strategies and moving freely among
• Generating multiple responses to a problem or an idea.
• Creating ideas and solutions that are novel or unique to the individual, group or situation.
• Articulating thoughts and ideas effectively using spoken and written communication skills in
• Listening effectively to decipher meaning, knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions.
• Using communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade).
• Utilizing multiple media and technologies to communicate, and knowing how to judge their
effectiveness and assess their impact.
• Communicating effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual).
• Demonstrating the ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams to reach
a group goal.
• Exercising flexibility and willingness to make necessary compromises to accomplish a
• Accepting shared responsibility for collaborative work and valuing individual contributions
made by each team member.
• Choosing and using appropriate tools for the task and applying them to real-world
situations in ways that add value to communication, collaboration and creativity.
• Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of social justice and equity.
• Learning the ability to handle conflicts, be adaptable and appreciate multiple
perspectives. Works well with others despite differences.
• Developing cross-cultural skills to grow a deeper understanding and appreciation of
different cultures and societies.
• Applying a broad range of educational approaches, such as a whole child education,
service learning, social-emotional learning and civic education.
Encouraged and Expected Student Behaviors
All STHS Students will:
Attend school daily, on time, and actively participate in all classes
Produce quality work that meets the highest classroom standards
Bring all necessary materials to class, including completed assignments and homework
Set aside time every day to complete homework
Limit television viewing. Read daily
Know and follow all school and class rules
Respect themselves, the school, classmates, staff, family, and the community
Use appropriate language at all times when communicating with others
Avoid negative peer pressure and activities
Regularly communicate with parents and teachers about their progress in school
Commit to remain in school with the objective of graduating on time
Believe that they can and will learn.
The Role of Parents and Guardians
School rules are designed to teach children to be responsible, respectful, and safe. Parents and guardians have a key role in maintaining welcoming, safe campus environments that are conducive to learning.