Community Character Covenant
We understand that in order for school to be a successful experience for all students, it requires that each participant conduct him/herself in a manner appropriate to membership in the community of St. Matthew's. This school community is founded on the values and tenets of the Judeo-Christian tradition, which include such principles as respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, and empathy. These principles are integral to all aspects of life at St. Matthew's; being a part of a school such as ours requires a serious commitment by both parents and students to live up to them. Such commitment goes beyond the willingness to abide by a certain list of expectations. Nonetheless, such a list, clearly stated and fully understood, may provide each student and parent with a clear guide as to what is expected as we work and play together each day. Parents have the special responsibility of setting a good example.
The following expectations are essential to the maintenance of community spirit and values and violations are regarded as serious breaches of good conduct:
- Respect for the rights and/or safety of others: Be tolerant of differences; be considerate of the feelings of others; promote inclusion; remember the "Golden Rule". Teasing, inappropriate language, rude behavior, acts of violence, harassment, and any violations of the dignity of another person are not permitted.
- Respect for property: Respect parish property and the possessions of others. Vandalism - causing damage to property, goods or equipment - is not acceptable.
- Trustworthiness: Be honest. Each of the following is a serious breach of trust: theft of money or property, regardless of its value; copying classwork or homework of others; and, cheating in any form.
- Courtesy: Use good manners; talk respectfully to adults and other students.
- Fairness: Play by the rules, take turns and share, don't take advantage of others. Take responsibility for your actions; do your part to help.
- Responsibility: Dress appropriately following the school uniform guidelines. Be responsible for articles of clothing and other belongings. Come to class prepared.
- Drugs, smoking, alcohol: The use of controlled (illegal) substances is not part of a healthy, responsible lifestyle. Students are not to sell, possess or use tobacco, alcoholic beverages or drugs on campus or during any school sponsored trips.
Students who violate any of the above will be subject to consequences that, depending upon severity and/or frequency, could include loss of privileges, suspension, and in the most serious cases, expulsion. In cases of more serious consequences, the Head of School will be consulted and he, within his judgment and discretion, will deal with the offender, as he deems appropriate. It is understood that rules have to be enforced if the standards, beliefs and values of a community are to have any meaning. In all cases of disciplinary action, it will always have the dual purpose of instructing the student and in preserving the spirit of trust within the school community.