Discipline

Any student who engages in conduct, whether inside or outside of school that is detrimental to the reputation of the school and/or inconsistent with the mission, philosophy, or teachings of the Catholic Church may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

St. Mary's Discipline Philosophy

By modeling the actions and words of our Lord and Savior, St. Mary's School seeks to be a truly Christ-centered community that values students, faculty, and parents in an environment that promotes:

Safety, Respect, Responsibility, and Discipline  

  • St. Mary'spromotes a safe environment both physically and emotionally. This environment is established by building trust within our faith community. A safe environment promotes a sense of belonging for students, enabling them to perform to the best of their abilities while respecting their peers.

  • St. Mary'spromotes respect. Respect is showing love for God, others, self, and environment through mutual kindness in words and actions.

  • St. Mary'spromotes responsibility. Responsibility means coming to school willing and ready to learn. Students, parents, and faculty share this goal.

  • St. Mary'spromotes adisciplined environment, valuing responsibility, collaboration, problem solving, and individual dignity.

St. Mary’s School encourages students to learn how to solve conflicts between themselves. A formalized conflict resolution program teaches the students to step out of a conflict and use the following steps:

  • Cool down

  • Be willing to listen

  • Tell the other what you need and want (use “I” messages)

  • Come to a compromise, a solution

St. Mary’s school encourages students to live virtuous lives. The Catholic influences at St. Mary’s School are a constant reminder to all involved in our school to reflect upon their own lives in Christ and to continue a process of building a strong relationship with God and his Church.  

Bullying

Bullying is repeated behavior involving a deliberate, conscious intent to hurt, threaten, frighten, or humiliate or harass someone.

Bullying may include: physical intimidation, verbal intimidation, or assault; social isolation or exclusion; extortion or taking belongings; oral or written threats; outrageous teasing, mocking, taunting, putdowns, or name-calling; threatening looks, gestures or actions; cruel rumors, suggestive comments, or false accusations.

St. Mary’s School shall actively seek to provide a supportive, caring environment that is safe from all forms of intimidation including bullying. Bullying will not be tolerated in any form at St. Mary’s School or at school-sponsored programs and activities. In addition, bullying that takes place outside of school may be subject to disciplinary action. This includes “cyber-bullying”.

Any student who engages in conduct, whether inside or outside of school that is detrimental to the reputation of the school and/or inconsistent with the mission, philosophy, or teachings of the Catholic Church may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

Anti-bullying procedures will be as follows:

  • All members of the school have a responsibility to recognize bullying and to take action when they are aware of it happening.

  • Discussion of bullying and anti-bullying will take place in each class on a regular basis. St. Mary’s will continue to communicate anti-bullying messages to students throughout the year.

  • All faculty and staff will treat any report of bullying seriously and take action. Teachers will attend an annual in-service to review the reporting and investigation procedures, prevention strategies, and disciplinary approaches.

  • Faculty and staff members will listen carefully to student’s reports of bullying and make sufficient inquiries to clarify exactly what has been happening.

  • Students will be assured that they acted correctly in reporting bullying.

  • The faculty or staff member who receives a report of bullying behavior shall make a written summary of the information and give it to the principal for appropriate action.