Top Hat Pride

Williamsport Area High School

Home of the Millionaires

 
Goal:  The goal of the Top Hat Pride Program is to create a school community that cultivates a climate of academic excellence, school pride, and respect.  Top Hat Pride helps to develop a positive school community when the bullet points below are consistently and systematically carried out in the school setting.
 

Behavior Expectations Defined

 

Tier 1 supports of the Top Hat Pride Program consists of rules, routines, and physical arrangements that are developed and taught by school staff to prevent initial occurrences of behavior the school would like to target for change.  Research indicates that 3-5 behavioral expectations that are positively stated, easy to remember, and significant to the climate are best.  The Top Hat Pride Program at WAHS uses the terms Be Present, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Be Professional.  These expectations are clearly taught, consistently used by all staff, and visible in every hallway in the school community.  Below are some examples of the defined behaviors at WAHS:

Behavior Expectations Defined

 
The Top Hat Pride team has decided to develop lesson plans to teach these behaviors to the students. The first day of school each year, the students at WAHS  have stations and rotate through various locations where the teachers explain the appropriate behaviors relevant to each area.
 
Lesson Plans
 

Reward System for Appropriate Behaviors

 
A Top Hat Pride Card is handed to students when they are exhibiting the appropriate behaviors in the school setting. Specific praise is extremely important in increasing the reoccurrence of appropriate behavior. WAHS uses the a weekly drawing to reward 6 students and 5 teachers.  Students are rewarded throughout the school year in other ways also.  The Top Hat Pride team puts on Redout events at different sporting events, does a special winter formal and prom drawing, and gives away items at other special events.
 
Examples include:
 
 
 

Continuum of Consequences for Problem Behaviors

Rules and regulations exist to enable student success. These systems promote responsible, respectful, professional and safe student experiences within our academic community. When students choose unacceptable behavior, consequences will occur.  The following behaviors are considered unacceptable and either Detention, Learning Center, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, Saturday School, referral to behavior/social counseling program, possible police intervention, or other consequences will be administered.

 
Detention  

Demerit System

The WAHS administration believes that extra-curricular student sponsored events and driving to school are considered to be a privilege and not a student right at our school. It is our goal to inform the students of this statement during our opening meetings on the first day of school. This has been missing from the Positive School Wide Behavior Plan at WAHS and the building based committee is in full support of this procedural protocol.

Student Consequence

Demerits Assigned

Example

1 Afterschool Detention

1 Demerit

2 days of detention = 2 demerits

 1 day of ISS (Learning Center)

2 Demerits

2 days of ISS = 4 demerits

 1 day of OSS

3 Demerits

2 days of OSS = 6 demerits

 

Student extra-curricular events will be categorized as follows by each semester at WAHS. 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Homecoming Dance

Spring Dances

Winter Formal

Prom/Freshman Trip

Student Driving Permit

Student Driving Permit

Attendance at a Student Extra-Curricular Event such as an athletic event, powder-puff, and concerts.

Attendance at a Student Extra-Curricular Event such as an athletic event, powder-puff, and concerts.

 

When a student earns a minimum of 6 demerits in the first semester, s/he will have his/her privilege to attend or participate in student-based extra curricular events and driving privileges suspended for the remainder of the first semester. When a student earns a minimum of 12 demerits in the second semester, s/he will have his/her privilege to attend or participate in student based extra curricular events and driving privileges suspended for the remainder of the second semester.

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