Students holding Moorlands PRIDE rewards

Moorlands Behavior Traits

At Moorlands, we follow a positive behavior acknowledgment system for our students that we call "Mustang PRIDE". 

This system is designed to achieve the following:

  • Keep Moorlands a safe, connected, ready to learn community
  • Focus on positive behaviors
  • Provide clear school-wide expectations
  • Teach the whole child and meet them where they are

To help all students at the school achieve the above, we have selected our Moorlands PRIDE Traits to encourage and teach children to perform at the school with these expectations and goals in mind.

  • Respectful
  • Caring
  • Responsible
  • Ready to learn
  • Safe

Mustang PRIDE Components

PRIDE Slips

You might have seen PRIDE slips coming home with your child and wondered what they were. PRIDE slips are used to recognize students who are following our Moorlands PRIDE Traits:

  • Respect
  • Caring
  • Responsible
  • Ready to learn
  • Safe

The PRIDE slips are immediate, intermittent reinforcements given by adults and/or students in the building to any student displaying expected school-wide behaviors.

Why do we hand out PRIDE slips?
  • Reinforce the teaching of new behaviors
  • Reward kids who are showing expected behaviors
  • Model good behavior for all students
  • Encourage school-wide behaviors to be displayed in the future

Think Sheets

You may have heard from your student or their teacher about something called a Think Sheet. A Think Sheet is something that we might ask a student to fill out if they have not been following a particular PRIDE trait multiple times in a short period of time. These are just gentle reminders and are intended to get the student to 'Stop and Think' about their behavior and how that particular behavior might be affecting those around him/her.

The process we follow is to ask the student to describe what they were doing and have them think about how it didn't model good behavior.  They are then asked to think through how it could have been handled differently and how they can help avoid that behavior in the future.

All students need reminders sometimes, so these are not typically cause for concern. If we notice that your child is receiving multiple Think Sheets in a short period of time, your student's teacher might reach out to you to discuss them in more detail.

PRIDE Reminder

A PRIDE Reminder is used as a second level of intervention when a student has been shown to not follow expectations repeatedly in a short amount of time (e.g., they might have received multiple Think Sheets in the same week) or if they have exhibited dangerous or severe behavior to another student or staff member.

The PRIDE Reminder will be filled out by the staff member who witnessed the behavior. Depending on the issue, a parent might be contacted by an administrator or the child's teacher to work on a plan to encourage the child to model good behavior while at school.

PRIDE Expectations

Arrival and Dismissal

Respectful
  • Voices at a LEVEL 2
  • Keep hands, feet, and belongings to yourself
  • Follow all patrol and/or adult directions
Caring
  • Use polite words (“excuse me”, “sorry”, “thank you”)
  • Be helpful
Responsible
  • At arrival go directly to class, put backpack down, and head out to playground
  • At dismissal go directly to bus/pickup
  • Get adult permission to enter or leave classroom
Ready to Learn
  • Arrive on time
  • Get office pass if arriving late
Safe
  • Walking Feet
  • Always cross at the crosswalk
  • Do not enter a classroom without teacher permission
  • Exit cars in drop-off area only

Outdoor Walkways

Respectful
  • Voices at a LEVEL 1
  • Wave to greet friends
  • Follow adult directions
Caring
  • Use polite words (“excuse me”, “sorry”, “thank you”)
  • Make space for others
Responsible
  • Go directly where you need to be
  • Keep backpack on back
  • Hold onto playground equipment (no bouncing)
  • Stay on sidewalks
Ready to Learn
  • Line up when bell rings
  • Calm bodies and quiet voices
Safe
  • Steady pace (keep walking)
  • Walk on right side of sidewalk
  • Use walking feet
  • Keep eyes looking forward
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself

Bathrooms

Respectful
  • Voices at a LEVEL 1
  • Quiet hands and feet
  • Feet on floor
  • Stay in stall
  • Respect others’ privacy
  • Respect school property
Caring
  • Use polite words (“excuse me”, “sorry”, “thank you”)
  • Take turns
Responsible
  • Have a pass
  • Close doors
  • Flush
  • Wash hands
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Be quick
  • Report issues
Ready to Learn
  • Return directly to class when finished
Safe
  • Keep floors clean and dry

Office and Nurse

Respectful
  • Voices at LEVEL 1
  • Keep hands to self
  • Follow adult directions
  • Be seated
  • Put materials and books away when finished
Caring
  • Use polite words (“excuse me”, “sorry”, “thank you”)
  • Wait your turn quietly
Responsible
  • Have a pass
  • Return borrowed nursing items
  • State your purpose
Ready to Learn
  • Return directly to class when done
Safe
  • Walking feet on sidewalks and inside of buildings

Kitchen and Lunch

Respectful
  • Voices at LEVEL 1 in lunch line
  • Follow adult directions
  • Take only what you can eat
Caring
  • Use polite words (“excuse me”, “sorry”, “thank you”)
  • Greet and thank the kitchen staff
Responsible
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Stack trays in bin
  • Dispose of garbage and recycling
Ready to Learn
  • Know and follow classroom lunch expectations
Safe
  • Stay in a single file line
  • Walking feet
  • Wash hands before eating
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Only eat your own food

Assemblies

Respectful
  • Voices at LEVEL 1 before and after the assembly
  • Voices at LEVEL 0 during the assembly
  • Follow adult directions
Caring
  • Applaud and respond appropriately
Responsible
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Leave belongings in classroom
  • Eye on the speaker
  • Sit on bottom
Ready to Learn
  • Think about the speaker’s message
Safe
  • Enter and exit the gym in your class line
  • Keep aisles open
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself

Recess

Respectful
  • Voices at LEVEL 1 coming to and from recess
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
Caring
  • Use polite and kind words (“excuse me”, “sorry”, “thank you”)
  • Take turns
  • Include others
Responsible
  • Put toys and equipment away
  • Follow playground rules
  • Report challenges and problem-solve with recess teachers
Ready to Learn
  • Use restrooms and get drinks during recess time
  • When bell rings walk straight to class
  • Keep clean and dry
Safe
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Stay within playground boundaries
  • Use equipment as expected

Bus

Respectful
  • Voices at a LEVEL 1
  • Follow directions of drivers, patrol, and staff
  • Stay in your bus line
Caring
  • Use polite words (“excuse me”, “sorry”, “thank you”)
  • Greet and thank the bus driver
Responsible
  • Keep belongings in backpack
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus
Ready to Learn
  • At dismissal walk directly to bus line
  • At arrival walk directly to class
Safe
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself
  • Go straight to seat
  • Stay seated and facing forward
  • Enter and exit the bus one person at a time