The House System here at Mossy Oaks Elementary is designed for students in grades 2-5 and promotes positive relationships and mentoring for students, positive relationships between faculty and students. Being a member of one of the four Houses instills a sense of pride for students and boosts character education.
House Altruismo – Strength & Honor – Black
House Isibindi – Bravery & Courage – Green
House Amistad – Love & Friendship– Red
House Reveur – Passion & Dreaming – Blue
Students, teachers, and staff all belong to a House. Houses are a part of everyday life in our school. Points are given by adults who see students exhibiting behaviors that support the Essential 12. Students can also earn points for their House through classroom and grade-level competitions and challenges. Points are displayed in our main hallway. Students love seeing which House is ahead and work hard to catch up if they are not in the lead. At the end of each quarter, the House with the most points are named House Champions and rewarded with a House Celebration.
The Essential 12 Behaviors
- When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying “Yes ma’am” or “No sir.” Just nodding your head or saying any other form of yes or no is not acceptable.
- Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person.
- Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes, or show disrespect with gestures.
- We will follow certain classroom protocols. We will be organized, efficient, and on task. In order to do so, we will follow our established classroom rules.
- Do not save seats for others. If someone wants to sit down or join your group, let him or her. Do not exclude anyone, especially during recess. We are a family, and we must treat one another with respect and kindness.
- If someone bumps into you, you should say “excuse me” even if it was not your fault. It is not acceptable to respond with “don’t touch me,” “he/she pushed me,” “quit that,” or “get away from me.” A simple “excuse me” will resolve the issue.
- When in line, walk in single file, shoulders aligned with the person in front of you, arms at your side or behind your back. You should be facing forward at all times and there will be absolutely no talking.
- Never cut in line. If someone cuts in front of you, do not say or do anything about it. Let it happen and remind yourself you are all going to the same place and it doesn't matter where you are in line.
- Be positive and enjoy life. Some things just aren’t worth getting upset over. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life.
- No matter what the circumstances, always be honest. Even if you have done something wrong, it is best to admit it to me because I will respect that and oftentimes I will forget any disciplinary measures because of your honesty.
- If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. Instead, say something like, “I really enjoyed the competition and I look forward to playing you again,” or “good game,” or don’t say anything at all. To show anger or sarcasm, such as “I wasn’t playing hard anyway” or “You really aren’t that good,” shows weakness.
- Always say “thank you” when you are given something. If you do not say it within 3 seconds after receiving the item, it will be taken back. There is no excuse for not showing appreciation.