SAHS Student Meetings 2003-04
SAHS Student Meetings 2003-04
Stillwater Area High School Resource Officer
Mary Leadem Ticiu
Stillwater Area High School Assistant Principal
Why we are here…
Create an understanding of the possibilities of
Share our common interests: community &
school are stakeholders in community
Clarify how RJ circles make a difference in
school climate and the culture we create
2,250 students 10-12
Small town feel
First ring suburb
3 AP’s, 6 counselors,
What is a School Resource Officer?
Officer Kisch, Oak Park Heights Police
Department, Black Pony Center
On site investigation and school/community
safety and security
What is an Assistant Principal?
Serve students and families whose last names
fall between A-Ha, Hb-O, or P-Z
MNHSL Fine Arts Liaison/Academic co-curriculars
Success in safety depends upon…
Swift identification of
threats that are real
Quick response with
intervention to prevent
Needed an alternative to formal
Joined staff with background as RJ
YCAPP program for alternatives to
Teachers who care about 3R’s:
Relationships, Rigor, Relevance
School is a place of learning and
discipline means to learn
Can always resort to punitive model if
What is a Circle?
You can have a circle in a square
Non hierarchical group and yet be honest
of intent if you plan to have added
consequences outside of the group.
Take off your hat but not your interests
Level the playing field
Proximity is intentional
Who is involved?
Those who have the most to gain from the
impact of understanding perspectives and the
Voluntary-More honestly voluntary coercion
Who can have a Circle?
Full admission of responsibility
Willingness to respect process and participants
Commitment to make a change and restore
despite the past
What kind of offenses?
Circles are for the most serious level of offense
They often require a serious time commitment.
RED TAPE EXERCISE
Types of Circles
Real life examples…
Harassment of new bus
Possession of weapons
Homecoming tradition of
Social skills for
Information on website:
Theft from team member
Not everything changes in a circle
Learning beyond expected
What challenges have we seen?
Repeat issues with girlfriend and boyfriend contact
Ironically, some students experience more power,
fun, love, belonging in circle and want to misbehave
to be given opportunity to “circle up” and be heard.
Hence, we see a need to have circles to celebrate
success in classrooms and beyond.
Do you believe…
All behavior has a purpose.
Behavior is an attempt to meet an unmet need.
Our students come to school with the intent to
be and do their best.
Conflict is an opportunity to learn.
Life is not fair.
Change takes time.
Slides for school wide class meetings
Meet and Greet everywhere you can
Present at orientation and other school activities
Parent advice for issues of use/theft that may not be
charged but must be addressed
Active School wide Safety Committee
SIT and RTI
School’s Discipline Policy Includes
Restitution symbolic and
Exit conference with
emphasis on PIES or the
Ask good questions and investigate
Listen to all parties
Coordinate and communicate with family
members on the first instance
Is hazing a problem here?
Clearly defined policy and immediate
“Committing an act against a student, or coercing a student
into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm
to a person in order for the student to become initiated into a
SAHS is a student organization, activities, clubs, etc.
Could include: physical or emotional components, forcing the
use of chemicals, or depriving individuals of basic needs.
But it’s okay to haze during
No, it is never okay to act against the will of
Hazing taken seriously
Notify staff or administration
Administrators will investigate
Parents/Police will be contacted
Discipline policy is followed
Can I be suspended for fighting in
Yes, you can
Criminal charges could
Seek staff, counselor,
administrator for help
Every student has an
obligation to retreat
How do I avoid a fight?
Bring it on…in an admin or counselor
Use circle as a means to an end.
This is a school and a place for us to
provide for an education first.
Conflict creates an opportunity.
Believe it and model it. I.e. staff have
option to use circle in lieu of
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