What is the Bobcat Spotlight?

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The Bobcat Spotlight is a monthly award to recognize all students for accomplishments large and small.  All students make strides according to their ability.  This is an important opportunity to celebrate every child.  Teachers nominate 2-4 students each month for achievements ranging from consistently checking their blood sugar levels without complaining to scoring 100% on the big science test or showing kindness and setting an example for their peers. 

The Bobcat Spotlight should not be confused with the Bobcat Award.  To receive the Bobcat Award, students must complete a set number of tasks from a grade-level specific menu. This award is only granted to students who complete these requirements. Some are to be completed at home.  Many are accomplished as part of the regular curriculum. Students are recognized at a special assembly twice each year.  The Bobcat Award is only granted to students who complete these requirements. For questions about the Bobcat Award, please contact your child's teacher or the Butler PTA who sponsor this prestigious award.


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The "Bobcat Award"

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Our students will begin completing their goals to earn a Bobcat Award.  Many goals can be achieved at home and others here at school.  Please check out your student's list of goals and help them with this achievement.  We will present the Bobcat awards twice at special assemblies during the school year.  

Safe Walking Routes

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For the safety and well-being of all students; families and students are to adhere to the following:

The safe route map (below) shows the suggested safe walking routes for Butler Elementary

students who walk to school. Arrows depicting walking routes are shown. Please note the

following:

1. Students should use existing sidewalks whenever possible.

2. On streets without sidewalks, students should walk on the left side of the street facing

oncoming traffic.

3. Our safe routes include two adult crossing guards located at the corner of Ft. Union Blvd. and

2700 East as well as another crossing guard at the corner of 7115 South and 2700 East.

Generally, they are on duty one-half hour before and after school begins and again for one-half

hour before and after school ends. This includes early-out days.

4. Make your way to a green route on the map below and select the best walking route to school

from your home. You may become familiar with the route by walking the route with your child.

Your child should follow this route daily. Please instruct your child to observe crosswalks and

signs.

5. Children who ride bikes must ride on the right-hand side of the road and never in the middle!

When possible, they should cross at intersections where there are adult crossing guards stationed,

and they should always walk their bikes across the street. Please train them to be cautious on all

streets and intersections where there is no adult supervision. All students are strongly encouraged

to wear bike helmets when riding bikes.

6. All students should remember to go straight home from school. Do not talk to, take candy or

gifts, or get into the cars of strangers. Any strange behavior should be reported to school staff

and/or parents.

7. If you learn of any safety problems or route deficiencies, please report them to the school

immediately at 801-826-7975. Thank you for your help with this important issue.


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Working Together for a Bully Free School

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What can you do?

      Bullying occurs at all schools to varying degrees.  Our goal  is to reduce bullying by teaching everyone at Butler how to recognize bullying by providing positive steps for students to take when dealing with bullies and ensuring that adults supervising students know what to do when bullying is reported or witnessed.  Most of this information and advice can be found at  the websites listed at the bottom of this page. 

What is bullying?

    The first step to defeating bullying is understanding what it is.  “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself (Olweus, Crime Prevention Works).This definition includes three important components.

     1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted negative actions.

     2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.

     3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

     It is important to recognize the difference between bullying and more random or impulsive behavior.  Bullying is not random teasing.  Bullying is more than an argument over a call on the soccer field or a disagreement over who goes first.  Not all verbal or physical aggression is bullying.

Bully prevention at Butler

We have implemented a research-based bully prevention program called “Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support.”  This program was designed under the direction of the U.S. Department of Education.  You will find a complete description of this program at the link below. Students and adults at Butler will be taught to recognize bullying and trained strategies to empower victims and report bullying immediately.    Adults will be taught to take bullying seriously and respond appropriately.

As  victims or bystanders, students are encouraged to tell the perpetrator to STOP. If the aggressive behavior continues, they are taught to WALK away.  If they continue to be harassed, they are to TALK to an adult. All students and the adults that supervise them will be retrained at the beginning of each year through explicit instruction with follow-up as outlined by the program.

Advice for parents from the National Crime Prevention Council

Parents can play a central role to preventing bullying and stopping it when it happens. Here are a few things you can do.

- Teach kids to solve problems without using violence and praise them when they do.

- Give children positive feedback when they behave well to help build self-esteem. Help give them the self-confidence to stand up for what they believe in.

- Ask your children about their day and listen to them talk about school, social events, their classmates, and any problems they have.

- Take bullying seriously. Many kids are embarrassed to say they have been bullied. You may only have one chance to step in and help.

- If you see any bullying, stop it right away, even if your child is the one doing the bullying.  If you see it happening at school, please notify a teacher or the principal.  

- Encourage your child to help others who need it.

- Don't bully your children or bully others in front of them. Many times kids who are bullied at home react by bullying other kids. If your children see you hit, ridicule, or gossip about someone else, they are also more likely to do so themselves.

- Support bully prevention programs in your child's school. 

Communication is the key

Too often, bullying goes unreported until it has happened for a long time.  Students at Butler will be reminded everyday during morning announcements to tell an adult if they are being bullied, or if they are worried about coming to school.  Please encourage your child to report to an adult at school if they feel they are being hurt in any way.

Thank you for your support, 
Mr. Nalwalker


Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support         
http://www.pbis.org/common/pbisresources/publications/bullyprevention_ES.pdf

Violence Prevention Works                                  
http://www.olweus.org/public/bullying.page

National Council for Crime Prevention                   
Advice for Parents: What Parents Can Do
Stopping the common dynamic of bullying among girls: Girls and Bullying

Dress Code

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ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION—JK-R—8: (Student Dress Code)



1. Student Dress Code Standards:

1.1.Students shall dress in a manner suitable to the day’s activities consistent with the standards of health, safety, and acceptable behavior.

1.2.Student clothing and accessories must not present a health or safety hazard or distraction, which would disrupt the educational mission. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment, which causes the teacher/administrator to lose the attention of students, to modify or cease instructional activities, or deal with student confrontations or complaints.

1.3.Dress code standards prohibit: immodest or suggestive clothing; apparel advocating illegal or inappropriate behavior or language; head wear; gang symbols; disruptive apparel; and unsafe apparel.

1.3.1. Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest. (e.g., short shorts, mini-skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank shirts, or similar clothing).

1.3.2. Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs, and cleavage at all times. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.

1.4. The student dress code standards include, but are not limited to the following:

1.4.1. All students shall wear clean clothing.

1.4.2. Shoes shall be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and hygiene.

1.4.3. Items that disrupt the educational mission shall not be allowed.

1.4.4. Clothing that may draw undue attention, disrupt, interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere, shall not be allowed.

1.4.5. Items which bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs or which are contrary to the educational mission, shall not be allowed.

1.4.6. Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia, jewelry, backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.

1.4.7. Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in school or activities. School officials will determine what constitutes “gang” clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies as needed.

1.4.8. Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious or medical purposes.

1.4.9. Students shall comply with the laws that govern wearing military uniforms and insignias (Title 10) USC § 771-772, and Army Regulations 670 1 §29-4.

1.5.Accommodations must be made for students whose religious beliefs are substantially affected by dress code requirements.

1.6.School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health and safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.

1.7.Students who violate dress code provisions may be subject to student discipline and due process procedures must be followed.