Sabin Middle School

BARK - Behave, Achieve, Respect, Kindness

  • Student Behavior

    BARK stands for:







    This acronym reminds students of the daily behavior expectations at Sabin.  Students showing BARK earn BARK bucks, and can use them to buy prizes or privileges.  Our purpose in using the BARK acronym is to proactively teach students behavior expectations, then to reward them when they behave in the expected manner. 

    Behavior matrix



    Sabin Middle School expects students to focus on educational success. Experience has taught us that in order to provide an atmosphere conducive to success, we need to limit the behavioral nonsense that interferes with student learning. In general, Sabin adheres to the District Eleven BOE policies governing student behavior and consequences, but we have added specific behaviors here based on situations we have encountered in the past few years. Unfortunately, other situations may surface during the year.


    COOPERATION WITH PERSONS IN AUTHORITY – Students are expected to cooperate with all persons in authority. Disobedience of a person in authority, failure to comply with a reasonable request of a person in authority, or the use of abusive or disrespectful language or action toward any person in authority, including any administrator, staff member, volunteer, District personnel, or police officer, is considered insubordination and will not be tolerated. Students not cooperating with persons in authority can be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension.
    HALLWAYS AND PASSING PERIODS – Passing periods are five minutes long and allow students enough time to travel from one class to another. Students are expected to be in class on time (see Tardies). Students are expected to display appropriate behavior when in the hallways. They should not run, use loud voices, whistle, or be involved in unsafe or disruptive behavior. There should not be any eating or drinking (except for water) in the halls. During class time, students in the halls must have a pass and should never do anything to disrupt or distract from the learning that is taking place in a classroom. To facilitate the flow of traffic, students are expected to walk on the right side of the halls, follow the one-way arrows, to not congregate in the halls, and to not block others from moving in the halls in any way.
    CAFETERIA EXPECTATIONS – The school cafeteria is open to all students for breakfast and lunch. Meals may be purchased, or students may bring a lunch from home. Students receiving free or reduced lunch prices or using money on their prepaid account need to have their ID cards with them. Students shall maintain appropriate behavior at all times in the cafeteria and follow all the policies of this handbook. The following policies specifically apply to the cafeteria:
    Students should not be in the halls during the lunch period. Students are expected to get to the cafeteria by the bell just like any other class period. Students will not be permitted to return to the main building without a pass during the lunch period. Students should use restrooms and go to lockers before entering the cafeteria. On cold, windy, or rainy days, students should get their coats and hats from their lockers before coming to the cafeteria. All food and drink is to be consumed in the cafeteria. No food or drink is to be taken outside of the cafeteria unless authorized. Students without their ID will be required to remain seated until the other students have gone through the lines. Those students will then be called up to get into line. Orderly conduct is expected while in the cafeteria. No pushing, shoving, or cutting in line. Unless a student is waiting in line, he/she needs to remain seated. Throwing or grabbing food or drinks or being otherwise disruptive will not be tolerated. Students are expected to keep the cafeteria clean. It will be their responsibility to clean the area around where they are sitting before going outside.
    GUEST TEACHERS – are our guests. They are to be treated with the respect shown to any guest in the building. When there is a guest teacher in the classroom, it is especially necessary for students to be attentive, cooperative, and hard working so that learning will continue in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. It is the student‟s job to act appropriately and not encourage (or laugh at) the misbehavior of others in any way. Students at Sabin Middle School who choose not to support our guest teachers may receive a referral to the administration.
    PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION – Students are expected to be discreet in displays of affection. Excessive physical displays of affection have the potential for disrupting the educational atmosphere and are prohibited on school property. Further, students who are made uncomfortable by the public displays of others have grounds for claiming sexual harassment.