Our school is committed to providing a safe learning environment for your child. We teach and encourage students to develop “Pillars of Character” through our Character Counts curriculum which includes the following 6 pillars: caring, responsibility, fairness, citizenship, trustworthiness, and respect. Character Counts is implemented throughout the building through consistently taught Above and Below the Line Behaviors, which include building and classroom expectations. These are emphasized through our Lion Pride Motto.
Above and below the line posters are in every classroom with expectations including student input. PBIS believes in teaching appropriate expectations, acknowledging when those behaviors are seen (tokens are used), rewarding classes for achieving behavior goals, and celebrating those goals are PBIS assemblies.
Lion Pride Motto
Do what’s right, do your best, and do treat others the way they want to be treated.
The Love of a Child award is given in memory of Karen Monson, a former elementary teacher, who passed away unexpectedly. Karen loved children and shared her love of children from the time they entered her classroom each day to when they left to go home at the end of each day. Recipients of this award have shown their love of children throughout their time at Clear Creek/Lincoln/Sunset Elementary.
2003-2004: Kim Quintus and Jill Worth
2004-2005: Kim Garner
2005-2006: Denise Ouverson — In Memory: Olivia Neuberger and Lynelle Hunsaker
2006-2007: Harold Arians
2007-2008: Art Martell
2008-2009: Nancy Baker and Barb Leonard
2009-2010: Curt Mestad
2010-2011: Becky Brandt
2011-2012: Jane Lobdell
2012-2013: Denise Davis
2013-2014: Geri Berding
2014-2015: Nikki Ashland
2015-2016: Mike Barkley and Pat Weigel
2016-2017: Jane Phalen, Tracy Thomsen, and Janet Boehnke
Gage Bendickson was treated for an operable brain tumor during the 2008-09 school year. This award was established in May 2009 and annually recognizes a student who has overcome obstacles and has displayed a “Never Give Up” attitude.
These students will forever be remembered for their “Never Give Up” attitude inside Clear Creek in the hallway between the C Pod and the link doors.
2009-2010: Carter Froelich and Ryan Atkinson
2010-2011: Kyla Muth
2011-2012: Jacob Chizek
2012-2013: James Lyman
2013-2014: Beckett Petersen and Neil Bordsen
2015-2016: Aubrie Hanson
2016-2017: Evie Welch
Henry Luker volunteered his time and energy to serving the staff and students of our school. This award was established in May 2011 an annually recognizes a student who has volunteered their time and displayed a “Service Above Self” attitude.
2011-2012: Alex Snelling
2012-2013: Connor O’Tool
2013-2014: Andrew Crane and Jillian Enke
2014-2015: Easton Goeman and Summer Froiland
2015-2016: Trey Olthoff
2016-2017: Taleiah Fessler
WHAT DOES BULLYING MEAN?
Bullying is deliberate and hurtful behavior meant to belittle, frighten, hurt, or exclude someone. Bullying usually does not happen just once. It continues to happen over and over.
WHY DOES SOMEONE BULLY?
Most bullies have a hard time understanding or being sensitive to another person’s feelings. The Bully may:
- Feel powerful by bullying others;
- Feel bad about themselves and bullying makes them feel smarter, stronger, or more popular;
- May have been bullied themselves;
- Blame the victim by saying the person is annoying, different, or deserving of being bullied.
- There are no good excuses for bullying. No one deserves to be bullied no matter how different they may be.
COMMON FORMS OF BULLYING
- Physical bullying: hitting, shoving, kicking. poking, breaking someone’s belongings, giving mean looks, or making threats.
- Verbal bullying: teasing, lying to get the victim in trouble, name calling, or taunting.
- Social bullying: ignoring or excluding the victim, encouraging others to dislike the victim, spreading rumors and gossip.
- Cyber bullying: using technology to harass, threaten, spread gossip, or even impersonate someone.
Bullying is a bad habit and bad habits can be broken. Be careful not to develop bullying habits by always remembering this simple rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
WHO GETS BULLIED?
Every day, nice, ordinary people become victims of a bully. Both boys and girls can be bullies and both boys and girls can be a target.
Anything that makes a person different i.e. being too short, too tall, or too smart, can make him or her a target for bullying. Remember the things about you that are different are the things that make you special. Bullies often pick on people who seem to lack self-confidence. The best protection is confidence. Victims are often afraid or embarrassed and think that telling an adult is tattling or is a bad thing to do. Everyone has the right to feel safe in and out of school. Often, once a trusted adult becomes aware and involved, the bully will back off.
WAYS TO STOP A BULLY
- Avoid the bully. Avoid places you know he/she will be.
- Ignore the bully, walk way; bullies want a reaction. Don’t give them one.
- Be confident, not aggressive. Use a firm voice to tell the bully to “Stop.”
- Practice – Work with a friend or adult to practice how to best handle a confrontation.
- Hang with friends who will stand by you. Join school activities to make more friends. Stand up for your friends if they are bullied.
- Believe in yourself. Good self-esteem helps you cope with bullies.
- Distract the bully by changing the subject or make a joke.
- Don’t bully back. Fighting back will likely get you into trouble.
- Remain calm. Self-control gives you power.
- Avoid places where no adults are present.
- Leave expensive items at home.
- Don’t be afraid to yell; the bully won’t be expecting that.
- Tell a friend or a trusted adult.
- Have your parents help you block the bully from your e-mails.
- If the bully makes serious threats, in person or online, ask an adult to contact police. Never blame yourself for being bullied…it’s not your fault!
DON’T STAND BY – SPEAK UP
What can you do if you see someone being bullied? Ignoring or tolerating bullying makes the bully think what they are doing is acceptable. Believe it or not, when a bystander speaks out and tells a bully to stop, many times the bully actually stops. Follow these tips:
- Don’t join in or encourage the bully
- Do your best to calm the situation
- Offer your support to the bullied person
- When your support doesn’t help, tell a teacher what’s happening
ENCOURAGE THE VICTIM
Be a friend to the victim. This lets a bully know the victim is not alone. Invite the person to spend you time with you and your friends. If you reached out to help someone in need, you can be sure they will be there when you need help.
START A CAMPAIGN
Together with parents and teachers, start a campaign in your school to let everyone know Bullying isn’t OK here! Make posters and banner showing this is everyone’s school and everyone has the right to:
- Feel safe, and not be hit or teased
- Be treated fairly and with respect
- Be accepted for who he or she is
- Be free or negative peer pressure
- You can make a difference by showing respect for yourself, respect for others, and being responsible for your actions.
Cyber-bullying happens on websites, in chat rooms, in blogs, through e-mail, on voice mail, and through text messages. The definition of cyber-bullying is: The use of different forms of technology to hurt, embarrass, or ridicule a person. A cyber-bully can be a schoolmate, former friend, or complete stranger. Here are some steps you can take to prevent cyber-bullying:
- Ignore the bully. You do not have to respond to another bully’s text or e-mail.
- Block messages. Block e-mail addresses, screen names, or phone numbers.
- You’re not alone. Talk to a trusted adult. Adults can talk to internet providers or cell phone companies to get help without the bully even finding out.
- Save threatening emails or texts to help identify the bully.
- If threats are made, ask an adult to call the police.
INTERNET SAFETY RULES
- Ask your parents’ permission before using your full name, address, telephone number, or school information anywhere on the internet.
- Tell your parents or guardian if you see something online that you know is wrong or makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Don’t respond to messages that make you feel uncomfortable or uneasy.
- Never give out a credit card number or password online.
- Never send out your picture without your parents’ permission.
- Be careful when someone offers you something for nothing, such as gifts or money.
- Don’t ever accept a gift or an offer that involves having someone visit your house.
- Never arrange to meet someone you’ve met online in person unless you discuss it with your parents and an adults goes with you.
- Talk to your parents to set up rules for going online. Decide with them the best time to be online and appropriate areas to visit.
- Get to know your “online friends” just as you get to know all of your other friends. Be sure that you are dealing with someone that you and your parents know and trust before giving out any personal information about yourself via e-mail.
Harassment and bullying of students and employees is against federal, state, and local policy (502.6), and are not tolerated by the Clear Lake School Board. This would include “cyber-bullying” through the use of emails, text messaging, or other social networking methods. The Board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing or any other victimization, of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits of characteristics, including, but not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, martial status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability of disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
While in the “Check and Connect” program, students are paired with a staff member from Clear Creek that “checks in” with a student in the morning and “connects” with them at the end of their day. The staff member helps them to get started on a positive note here at school. Students have a gold card that their classroom teacher keeps that will help them focus on an area they need to improve in. The card focuses on our “Lion Pride Motto:”
- Do What’s Right
- Do Your Best
- Do Treat Others Nicely.
The program is meant to be a positive and encouraging part of the day and takes no time away from classroom studies.
Bathroom Rating System
3 Stars: Nothing is wrong with the bathroom.
2 Stars: A toilet might need flushing or a paper towel is left on the floor.
1 Star: Graffiti found or liquids/material found around the toilet.
- Do what you are supposed to do
- Plan ahead
- Persevere: keep on trying!
- Always do your best
- Use self-control
- Be self-disciplined
- Think before you act – consider the consequences
- Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes
- Set a good example for others
- Be kind
- Be compassionate and show you care
- Express gratitude
- Forgive others
- Help people in need
- Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule
- Be tolerant and accepting of differences
- Use good manners, not bad language
- Be considerate of the feelings of others
- Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone
- Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
- Do your share to make your school and community better
- Get involved in community affairs
- Stay informed; vote
- Be a good neighbor
- Obey laws and rules
- Respect authority
- Protect the environment
- Play by the rules
- Take turns and share
- Be open-minded; listen to others
- Don’t take advantage of others
- Don’t blame others carelessly
- Treat all people fairly
- Be honest
- Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal
- Be reliable – do what you say you’ll do
- Have the courage to do the right thing
- Build a good reputation
- Be loyal – stand by your family, friends, and country
- Area Education Agency Services — An AEA Educational Consultant is housed at Clear Creek to assist in diagnosing and developing learning programs for students with learning problems. The consultant also works with school personnel and parents in helping children learn acceptable behavior.
- Gifted and Talented — The gifted and talented program (ExCEL) is available to students in grades K-12. Students that qualify are provided with a program that meets their needs. Parents and teachers may refer students to see if they meet the criteria established to enter the program.
- Kindergarten-Prep (K-Prep) — We offer a pre-kindergarten program for students five years of age by September 15 of the current year. Pre-kindergarten is an extension of our Preschool program for students not ready for our kindergarten program. Class size is limited to 18 students.
- Literacy Reading Groups/Title I Reading — Literacy Groups/Title 1 groups are available to students who
need small group instruction and additional help in the area of reading. These groups are led by Reading Recovery
and Title 1 teachers and usually meet daily for 30 minutes in grades K, 1, 2, and 3.
- North Iowa Therapy Associates — We have a licensed therapy counselor that works at Clear Creek for students and families. Brigid Christianson, LISW, RPT is available by appointment.
- Reading Recovery — Reading Recovery is an early intervention program for first graders designed to reduce reading failure. Reading Recovery provides a second chance in reading for young children who are at risk of failure in their first year of reading instruction.
- Service Opportunities — If your child is looking for ways to get involved, students are given opportunities to participate in many service projects and programs here at Clear Creek. Some of the programs are listed below:
- Bus Buddies
- Bus Helpers/Safety Patrol
- Clear Creek Clippers
- Kindergarten Helpers
- Lunch Posse
- PE Helpers
- Recess Equipment Helpers
- Technology Helpers
- Walkers and Riders Helpers
- Special Education Programs — Special Education Programs are available for students that qualify. Special Education provides support in the areas of: speech and language, reading, writing and math; and behavior.
- Speech and Language — The program is designed for students who have demonstrated delays in their development.
- STAR Program (Skills To Achieve Results) — RTI (Response to Intervention Strategist) Strategist — These services are available for every student in the school. The RTI teacher can provide classroom, individual, and group coaching sessions. RTI Strategist can work with students with academic and behavioral needs. The RTI Strategist can also provide coaching for families and help families’ access services that they may need.