Bronx Lab School
Sarah Marcy, PRINCIPAL
800 EAST GUN HILL ROAD, BRONX, NY 10467Phone: 718-696-3700
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The purpose of the BLS 5 is to provide students, families and staff with a framework for building a successful school community. We will use these 5 simple principles to guide our words and our actions. By adhering to them we will be able to foster a common language of respect, accountability, preparedness, risk taking and support.
Bronx Lab 5
-Support your Community-
1. Use and refer to the 100% Respect Guidelines
2. Have students pick guidelines they are good at and guidelines they need to work at
3. Have clear expectations in class
4. Treat every student and fellow staff member with respect
5. Ensure that you Advisory participate in all 100% Respect Lessons
6. Model respectful behavior
1. Follow the 100% Respect Guidelines
2. Pick guidelines that you are good at and guidelines that you need to work at
3. Treat every staff member and fellow student with respect
5. Participate fully in all 100% Respect Lessons during Advisory
6. Follow the steps to respectfully give feedback to another adult
1. Make copies, printouts day before
2. Collect materials needed for lesson the day before
3. Go over using the planner and checking that tasks are completed and keep in mind the due dates
4. Making a resource list for projects, what students need? (ex. Construction paper, etc)
5. At beginning of class do a check to see that students have their supplies or do it in advisory
6. Post assignments for students ahead of time
7. Have outlines and clearly defined expectations
8. Be prepared the day before, not morning of
1. Make a class poster reminding students of needed supplies
2. Give students time to fill out planner/ to-do list
3. To Do list in Advisory on Monday
4. Study skills lessons in advisory
5. Make sure that kids eat breakfast
6. Teach about impact of GPA instead of credits
7. Teach credits and graduation requirements
8. Give students weekly plan in advance
9. Start your week off right on Monday’s Advisory
10. Create graduation plan with students
1. Bi-weekly Progress Reports
2. Be more attentive to students cutting at end of day (logging it)
3. Contact families
4. Create plans with other teachers to hold students accountable
1. Explore with students impact on themselves and everyone else when not accountable
2. Having conversations with students to make them realize they can and should be accountable
3. Reinforce hold students accountable for bad behavior without punishment
4. Reward those that do well
5. Reflection on what students did or didn’t do well
1. Have conversation with students instead of ignoring the issues
2. Not pick favorites
3. Get my grades ‘on time” even early
4. To complete the IEPs in a timely manner
5. Not to talk all period
6. Be more active I IEP cases
7. Don’t hold past against students
8. Give kids more roles/responsibilities in the classroom (ie mentor, HW collector)
9. Set goals for students
10. Get involved in BLS Outdoors Program
1. Push students to take risks; to try something new; to make an honest effort by giving them a “Challenge of the Week”2. Make a sign to remind me and the students to respect personal space (ie My desk is not a dumping ground, keep desk organized)
3. Offer more application opportunities for all students
4. Offer challenging topics as part of the Honors Options
5. Try everything first
6. Help other students who are struggling
7. Be patient with yourself and others
8. Set goals with students
Support Your Community
1. Be aware of events and support each others’ activities
2. Two builder statements for every killer statement
3. Look out for needs of all students to make sure all are recognized
4. Utilize the skills of all students
5. Not leaving large copies in machine
6. Add school events to student planners
7. Get kids involved in PSAL
8. Meet the needs of every student
9. Follow through with roles
10. Teach constructive criticism
1. Ask your neighbor if they need help
2. Volunteer to take on a role
3. We only use builder statement
4. Three before me
5. Work together to keep room organize
6. Support your friends/ classmates in PGL
7. Use constructive criticism
8. Peer leaders or peer groups to hold each other accountable
Starting in August 2010, staff and students worked together with Consultant Matthew Guldin to create the lists below, in order to create a positive and respectful climate at Bronx Lab School. Each Advisory also appoints two Respect Reps, students who help Advisors roll the guidelines, plan lessons, and implement them in class. Below is the fruit of their work.
In order to ensure the success of this positive cultural change, we ask for:
Student to Student RESPECT!
Student to Teacher RESPECT!
Teacher to Student RESPECT!
Bronx Lab School Cutting Protocol
Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses (as per the Chancellor’s Regulations):
Relevant City-Wide Standards:
Detention is intended to immediately address an issue or problem that a student is having within the Bronx Lab community. It is part of a process that will require communication between parent/guardian and Bronx Lab. This communication will take place over the phone and or a Problem Solving Conference (PSC)
Infractions that will merit issuing detention to a student:
Note: If there is an issue other than these four infractions that you feel merit a detention please reach out to the Dean of Students to assess whether or not detention is the correct intervention.
Student affairs will contact parents regarding incidents 1-4 to inform them that their child will be receiving a detention; any other infractions that we decide warrants a detention, the teacher that is assigning the detention will call and notify the parent of the specific incident that has occurred.
If a student is a chronic cutter, cutting more than 1x per week, Student Affairs is asking teachers to reach out to parents to discuss how cutting affects their academic standing.
Students will serve detention in room 304 from 3:20PM to 4:20PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
What Happens at Detention?
1. Students are to sign in upon arrival.
2. Talking is not permitted.
3. No sleeping will be permitted.
4. Absence from detention, without prior approval from the Student Affairs Department will result in being assigned a detention the following day. If a student misses 2 detentions they will be suspended for 1 day.