Student Behavior

  • Student Conduct/Behavior Expectations

    At Lackamas Elementary we treat all people and property with respect and focus on learning.  To that end, we have established the Lackamas Hi-5 expectations that are communicated each day.  Students are to be:



    Expectations have been developed for each area of the school.  Lackamas staff will teach, demonstrate and remind students of these Hi-5 expectations on a regular basis.  They will hold students accountable through a classroom management plan that includes both positive and corrective measures.  On the positive side, students can earn Hi-5 tickets for meeting/exceeding expectations.  Hi-5 tickets can be exchanged at the Hi-5 store for a wide variety of incentives.  Individual teachers also design their own motivational systems to encourage appropriate behavior.  Each teacher uses a multi-level system for addressing inappropriate behavior.  The system includes verbal or non-verbal warnings, removal to a “recovery chair” within the classroom (think-time out), filling out a reflection form to be signed by parents, removal to another classroom for recovery, and lastly referral to the office to see the principal.  Students sent to the principal’s office will have a call home and a decision will be made whether the student can return to class or not.  If the student returns to the classroom, but continues the inappropriate behavior, he/she will be sent home.  If the student continues similar behaviors on subsequent days and is again sent to the office, suspension from school may occur.  Preservation of the learning environment is important to students making academic progress.

    Students who receive three office referrals and/or demonstrate inappropriate behavior on an ongoing basis will be referred to the building PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) team.  This team is made up of school staff and will set up a conference with the parent/guardian to discuss strategies for improving the student’s behavior.

    Yelm Community Schools does have policy containing consequences for what is determined to be exceptional misconduct.  Consequences range from short-term suspension to Expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement.  Exceptional misconduct can include:

    • Threatening or verbal abuse, fighting or fighting words
    • Damaging school property
    • Communication of inappropriate messages
    • Disrupting the educational process
    • Refusing to follow reasonable directions of staff
    • Possession of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco


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

    Multi-Tiered System of Supports (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

    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 action is 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 Bully – Policy 3207

    Sexual Harassment of Students – Policy 3205


    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 at TIP Management
    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.

    Stop !T

    Students can report issues of inappropriate behavior using STOP!t

    It is a safe and secure tool which is 100% anonymous, 100% of the time.

    Students report anonymously via mobile app, web, or phone hotline service. 

    Select your school to make a report and use the Lackamas code - LAE


    Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities, or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:  
    Civil Rights: Juile Mondry, 360-458-1900, Julie
    Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,
    504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124,
    Address: 107 First St. N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597

    Items From Home

    Students may bring items from home for “Show and Tell” ONLY. These items will remain in the classroom during the day. The responsibility for the items lies strictly with the students and his/her parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are urged to assist their children in the selection of items being brought to school and communicating the child’s responsibility for the item. Money and other valuables should be left at home. Articles of value for class display or use should be checked in with the teacher. Fidget spinners, tablets, I-pods, CD players, cameras, toys, cards, and other distracting items are NOT allowed.  Cell phones will remain in students’ backpacks in the “off” position.  Students bringing personal property onto school district property do so at their own risk. (Students are requested to leave personal property at home, especially due to state-wide increased incidences of theft of high-tech electronics.) The school district does not assume responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen property. Children, who wish to bring pets to school, are not allowed to transport them on the bus. Parents MUST check with the classroom teacher before bringing a pet to school. Pets are not allowed without prior approval from the teacher and the principal.

    Energy Drinks

    When packing lunches for students, please do not send energy drinks (such as Red Bull, Monster, Etc.) as these are not healthy choices.  If they are opened at school they will be thrown away.  If unopened they will be sent home.

    Chewing Gum

    Chewing gum is not appropriate at school and should be left at home.  There are some special circumstances where gum is allowed.  These are handled on a class by class basis and are limited.


    Students may not apply make-up at school. 

    Public Displays of Affection

    At Lackamas, students should refrain from public displays of affection such as hugging, kissing and hand holding.  These behaviors are a distraction to the learning environment and take the focus away from each student’s job, which is to be a successful learner.  The range of discipline for this type of behavior consists of a verbal warning to suspension.


    If you have a concern, we suggest that you first contact your child’s teacher. If that does not resolve your concern, the principal is always available. If further action is needed, you are welcome to call our district office at 458-1900.

    Problem Solving

    We teach students positive ways to deal with difficult situations:

    1. Go to another game, activity or area.
    2. Share and take turns.
    3. Respectfully talk it over and listen to each other.
    4. Walk away from the problem.
    5. Ignore the behavior.
    6. Tell the person to stop the problem behavior.
    7. Apologize.
    8. Make a deal or compromise.
    9. Wait and cool off.
    10. Go to an adult.