Student Behavior

  • The Prairie staff is dedicated to creating and maintaining a positive, productive environment for all students.  Since student behavior and a quality-learning climate are closely related, we believe it is worth the effort to encourage and reinforce cooperation and responsible behavior from our students.

    Our school-wide behavior management is designed to bring about increased recognition and promotion of good behavior.  If problems arise, we work positively to find solutions.  If a student has difficulty assuming responsibility at school, we may ask parents to help us teach them an alternative set of behaviors.  Parents may be asked to conference with us and/or support us in developing an appropriate plan for greater success.

    Staff and students at Prairie Elementary will work together to help each other reach their fullest potential.  Everyone will be treated with respect and dignity.  Prairie students show their best by choosing to:

    1. Respect others by being kind to our words and actions.
    2. Follow all school rules and expectations.
    3. Play safely on the playground.
    4. Solve problems peacefully.

    Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
    A person is being bullied when he/she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more persons.  Negative actions are when a person intentionally inflicts injury or discomfort upon another person, through physical contact, words, or in other ways.

    Note that bullying is both overt and covert behaviors

    • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property,
    • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education,
    • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
    • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

    Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying – Policy 3207
    Sexual Harassment of Students – Policy 3205

    STOP !T
    Students can report issues of inappropriate behavior using the online tool STOP !T Access Code: PRE.  It is a safe and secure tool that is 100% anonymous, 100% of the time.  Students report anonymously via mobile app, web, or phone hotline service.

    Student Crime Stoppers
    Yelm students and families have a way to report crimes or dangerous situations anonymously. Thurston County CrimeStoppers is a 24-hour manned call center to receive anonymous tips anytime. Report a Crime by:

    1. Calling 800.222.TIPS (8477)
    2. Submitting Online 
    3. Download the P3 App to your mobile device

    As always, tipsters remain 100% anonymous and could possibly be rewarded up to $1,000. Remember to save your “tip number” in order to follow up and receive a reward. Anyone having knowledge about dangerous situations or crimes (past, present, or future) can report a tip.

    Disciplines procedures will follow district policies.  NOTE: Discipline policies will be updated during the 2019-20 school year.  We will notify families after board approval.

    Student Conduct – Policy 3420
    Classroom Management, Discipline & Corrective Action – Policy 3241
    Exceptional Misconduct – Policy 3241
    Student Sexual Harassment – Policy 3205
    Use of Tobacco and Nicotine Products & Delivery Devices – Policy 4215

    District Policies are available in the Student Rights & Responsibility Handbook or the District website

    Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)
    The vision of Yelm Community Schools is to prepare ALL students for post-secondary pathways, careers, and civic engagement.

    A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a service delivery framework focused on prevention and problem solving for all students. An integrated MTSS connects all of the academic and non-academic interventions, supports, and services available in schools and communities to support instruction and eliminate barriers to learning and teaching. Within an MTSS framework, multiple levels of instruction, assessment, and intervention are designed to meet the academic and non-academic needs of ALL students.

    Essential Components of an MTSS Framework

    • Core Instruction and Tiered Continuum of Evidence-based Interventions and Supports (Tier I, II, III)
    • Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring
    • Data-based Decision Making
    • Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
    • Creating and maintaining the infrastructure to support an integrated MTSS Framework

    MTSS Graphic