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School Wide Positive Behavior Support

Bethune Social Skills Poster

Following Instructions

1. Look at the person

2. Say “Okay”

3. Do what you have been asked right away.

4. Check back.


Accepting Criticism or a Consequence

1. Look at the person.

2. Say “Okay”.

3. Stay calm.


Accepting “No” for an Answer

1. Look at the person.

2. Say “Okay”.

3. Stay calm.

4. If you disagree, ask later.


Greeting Others

1. Look at the person.

2. Use a pleasant voice.

3. Say “Hi” or “Hello”.


Getting the Teacher’s Attention

1. Look at the teacher.

2. Raise your hand and stay calm.

3. Wait until the teacher says your name.

4. Ask your question.


Disagreeing Appropriately

1. Look at the person.

2. Use a pleasant voice.

3. Say, “I understand how you feel”.

4. Tell why you feel differently.

5. Give a reason.

6. Listen to the other person.


Accepting Compliments

1. Look at the person.

2. Use a pleasant voice.

3. Say “Thank you”


Having a Conversation

1. Look at the person.

2. Use a pleasant voice.

3. Listen to what the other person says.

4. When there is a break in the conversation, ask a question or share your thoughts.


Asking for Help

1. Look at the person.

2. Ask the person if he or she has time to help you.

3. Clearly explain the kind of help you need.

4. Thank the person for help.


Asking Permission

1. Look at the person.

2. Use and calm and pleasant voice.

3. Say, “May I…?”

4. Accept the answer calmly.


Making an Apology

1. Look at the person.

2. Use a serious, sincere voice.

3. Say “I’m sorry for…”, or “I want to apologize for…”

4. Don’t make excuses.

5. Explain how you plan to do better in the future.

6. Say “Thanks for listening.”


Staying on Task

1. Look at your task or assignment.

2. Think about the steps needed to complete the task.

3. Focus all of your attention on your task.

4. Stop working only when instructed.

5. Ignore distractions and interruptions by others.




Sharing Something

1. Let the other person use the item first.

2. Ask if you can use it later.

3. When you get to use it, offer it back to the other person after you’re finished.


Working with Others

1. Identify the task to be completed.

2. Assign tasks to each person.

3. Discuss ideas in a calm, quiet voice and let everyone share their ideas.

4. Work on tasks until completed.



1. Look at the person who is talking and remain quiet.

2. Wait until the person is finished talking before you speak.

3. Show that you heard the person by nodding your head, saying “Okay” or

“That’s interesting,” etc.


Appropriate Voice Tone

1. Listen to the level of the voices around you.

2. Change your voice tone to match.

3. Watch and listen for visual or verbal cues and adjust your voice as needed.


MYOB-Mind Your Own Business

  1. Try not to butt in
  2. Ask yourself why you are butting in
  3. Walk Away or stay out of it instead of butting in if you figure out that it doesn’t concern you at all, then walk away
  4. Become oblivious and disinterested

Welcome to Bethune Video


BMS Expectations for Behavior

Bethune Middle School

Expectations for Behavior


Area / Rule

Be Safe

Be Responsible

Be Respectful


  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Use chairs and tables appropriately
  • Know & follow your classroom procedures
  • Bring school materials to school
  • Be ready to learn and work
  • Participate
  • Treat yourself and others with respect
  • Listen attentively to teacher instructions
  • Follow class rules and procedures


Eating Area

  • Walk at ALL times
  • Eat in your grade section
  • Use drinking fountains appropriately
  • Sit down while eating
  • Wait in line patiently
  • All food and drinks stays in covered eating area
  • Place recyclables and trash in proper containers
  • Use good manners
  • Wait in line patiently, no cutting
  • Clean up your area
  • Use appropriate language
  • Upon finishing with your food, leave space for others to eat


Gym / P.E. Field

  • Sit properly in squads
  • Use equipment as instructed
  • No food , drinks, or gum
  • Remove all jewelry
  • Show good sportsmanship
  • Return equipment to designated area.
  • Use your locker only
  • Dress daily
  • Be a team player, encourage others
  • Use appropriate language and actions


Quad Area


  • Walk at all times
  • Walk  on cemented area; not on grass
  • Keep grass in good condition
  • Keep area clean
  • Help keep area looking sharp
  • Thank the gardeners when possible


Assemblies / Special Events

  • Walk to assigned seating area
  • Sit quietly during presentation
  • Wait for dismissal instructions
  • Focus on presentation
  • Place all backpacks underneath seat
  • No food, drinks or gum
  • Dispose of litter in trash cans
  • Enter quickly and quietly
  • Listen responsibly
  • Applaud appropriately
  • Respect speakers
  • Respect facility


Library / Computer Labs

  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Use chairs and tables appropriately
  • Return materials to proper places on time
  • Use internet appropriately, print only what’s needed
  • No food, drinks, or gum
  • Use appropriate language and actions.
  • Respect property, yours and others
  • Use quiet voice



  • Walk at ALL times
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Use drinking fountains appropriately
  • Stay to the right side of the halls and stairways
  • No food, drinks or gum
  • No electronic devices
  • Get to class on time
  • Use appropriate language and actions.
  • Respect property, yours and others
  • Use quiet voice



  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Use chairs and tables appropriately
  • Remain seated until you are called upon
  • Always have a pass or referral
  • State your purpose politely
  • Be honest
  • Obtain permission to use any equipment
  • No food, drink, or gum
  • Wait quietly
  • Use quiet voice
  • Use appropriate language and actions
  • Respect the privacy of others




  • Keep water in sink
  • Wash hands
  • Put towels in garbage
  • Hall pass
  • Flush Toilets
  • Inform adults of vandalism
  • Always have a pass during class time
  • Give people privacy.
  • Respect property, yours and others.


School Grounds


  • Walk at all times
  • No loitering
  • Do not block doors.
  • Use stairways appropriately
  • Dispose of litter in trash can
  • Only enter buildings at appropriate times.
  • Wait in line patiently
  • No gum
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Use appropriate language and actions.
  • Respect property, yours and others.
  • Speak to others in a respectful manner




School Uniform Policy


*Students must wear a white shirt with a collar and navy pants (skirts or shorts). 

*If your child is in the MAGNET Program, their uniform consists of light blue shirt and black pants (shorts or skirts).

*Students who wear sweaters with hoods (hoodies) may not have their hoods on at any time. 

*No jeans at any time.

*Cell phones, headphones, iPods, PSP’s, MP3’s and Gameboys, or any electronic devices are not allowed during school hours.

*If these devices are visible to the faculty or staff, they will be confiscated and returned to parents after a parent conference is held.


*Los estudiantes deben usar una camisa blanca con cuello y pantalones azul marino o chores o faldas par alas niñas.

*Si su niño/a está en el programa Magnet, su uniforme esta compuesto de camisa azul celeste y pantalón negro (chores o faldas).

*Si los estudiantes usan suéteres con gorro atras (hoodies) ellos/as no podran ponerse el gorro a nunguna hora durante el dia escolar.

*Además, los teléfonos celulares, iPods, PSP's, MP3 y Gameboys, o cualquier otro objeto electrónico no se permite durante el horario escolar. *Si estos objetos son visibles para el personal, serán confiscados y devueltos a los padres después de una reunión con los padres.