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OH admins introduce Panther Pact to students to improve behavior

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The Panther Pact was created last year when Oswego High School asked for feedback via a survey during students’ second period classes on how the school could improve. Any suggestions students offered on what they wanted to be changed or things they liked to see were edited, overviewed, and put into the Panther Pact.

The behavior matrix, known as the Panther Pact, features columns of expectations related to  Ownership, Honorability, and Safety, spelling out the letters “OHS.” The individual rows relate to the places where the expectations are necessary.

The Panther Pact is a matrix featuring guidelines for students and teachers to display respect for others and school property. Every section has at least three points that help students understand what is expected of them at a place in the school, with a corresponding value to follow. The locations the school includes are the classroom, hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, PE areas, outdoors, and extracurricular activities.

Nobody from the OHS administration team was available for an interview, so Andrea Parker, assistant principal of student services, answered some questions about the Panther Pact in an email after discussing our questions with the team. 

Have Ownership
(Responsibility)
Be Honorable
(Respectful)
Be Safe
(Safety)
Classroom– Be in the classroom when the bell rings
– Bring all materials to class
– Actively participate in learning
– Follow classroom procedures and teacher expectations
– Use cell phones and technology only when permitted
– Clean up after yourself and others
– Bring a charged Chromebook & charger to school daily
– Use school technology for its intended purpose
– Listen to all perspectives without judgment
– Use school appropriate language
– Return others’ materials in the condition received
– Be kind to staff and peers
– Listen and respond to staff appropriately
– Respect peers’, self, and district devices
– Keep all body parts to yourself
– Use only the items you have permission to use
– Use all classroom materials for their intended use
– Be aware of your surroundings
– Leave classroom with teacher permission, a pass, and when appropriate
– Return to class in a timely manner
Hallway/Entrances– Go directly to your destination/ Be timely
– Have teacher permission and a pass during class time
– Clean up after yourself and others/ Use trash cans
– Report any concerns to an adult
– Use sign-in and sign-out procedures
– Use school appropriate language
– Listen and respond to staff appropriately
– Use appropriate volume for indoor communication
– Respect posted materials/property
– Be kind to staff and peers
– Walk on the right side of the hallway and move with a purpose
– Be aware of your surroundings
– Keep all body parts to yourself
– Keep locker and locker information only to yourself
– All visitors, staff & students arriving late enter Door 1
– Refrain from opening outside doors for anyone
Bathroom– Have teacher permission and a pass during class time
– Return to class promptly
– Clean up after yourself and others/ Use trash cans
– Report any concerns to nearest staff
– Give privacy to others
– Use facilities and exit bathroom promptly
– Respect all fixtures including sinks, walls & toilets
– Respect all school provided materials (ex: toilet paper and soap)
– Utilize the bathroom nearest to your location
– Keep all body parts to yourself
– One person in a stall at a time
– Use facilities for their intended purpose
– Wash your hands with soap
Cafeteria– Report to cafeteria on time and stay for the entire lunch period
– Clean up after yourself and use trash cans
– Keep all food and drinks in cafeteria
– Have your current school ID
– Report any concerns to an adult
– Use school appropriate language
– Listen and respond to staff appropriately
– Be kind to peers and staff
– Use appropriate volume for indoor communication
– Encourage others to clean up
– Be aware of your surroundings
– Keep all body parts to yourself
– Unused food items should be discarded directly into a trash can
– Use only the items that you have permission to
– Remain seated until dismissal
PE Areas
(gyms and locker rooms)
– Be in the locker room when the bell rings
– Report to PE locations on time
– Follow class procedures and teacher expectations
– Wear PE uniform/appropriate clothing
– Clean up after yourself and others
– Actively participate
– Listen and respond to staff appropriately
– Use school appropriate language
– Use equipment for their intended purpose
– Return equipment in same condition as before
– Respect personal space and privacy of peers
– Keep all body parts to yourself
– Only use items that you have permission to use
– Be aware of your surroundings
– Stay in designated area
– Report any concerns to an adult
– Valuable items should be locked in a locker
Outdoor Areas– Park in your designated space or location only
– Refrain from parking in peer, staff or visitor parking spots
– Get dropped off in designated areas quickly and keep traffic
moving
– Leave for school in a timely manner
– Be respectful of others’ vehicles
– Use trash cans
– Clean up after yourself and others
– Use outside facilities for their intended purpose
– Maintain speed limit in and around school property
– Watch for pedestrians
– Use the sidewalks as much as possible when walking
– Follow all signs and painted directions/ arrows
– Report any concerns to an adult
Extra-Curricular Events
(Home & Away)
– Follow procedures and expectations of the school you’re
attending
– Have your current school ID ready
– Clean up after yourself and others and use trash cans
– Listen and respond to staff appropriately
– Be kind to all including those from other schools
– Use school appropriate language and exhibit positive sportsmanship
– Respect equipment and facilities
– Report any concerns to an adult
– Be aware of your surroundings
– Use only the appropriate doors to enter and exit activities of the school
The Panther Pact Behavior Matrix

“The goal of the behavior matrix is to provide the Panther school community with the character traits that define what it means to be an Oswego High School Panther,” Parker said. “This includes defining actions aligned to these qualities that all individuals in our school understand and are expected to uphold.” 

Parker said that the entire team is very hopeful the Panther Pact will be able to highlight the idea of ownership for everyone in the community, not just students.

“This is why the inclusion of input from students, staff, and others is important,” Parker said. 

The email also mentioned some key points for students to understand. 

“The three expectations to have Ownership, be Honorable and be Safe are the most critical components of the matrix for students to apply to their life inside and outside of the school,” Parker said.

The matrix will grow over the year as needed. Parker stated that the matrix is “intended to be organic and responsive to the needs of our school community. We will continue to monitor, gather input, and revise the matrix to fit the needs of our school community.”

Mr. Christopher Neitzel, a social studies teacher and in-school suspension supervisor, thought that it was good to have all the expectations outlined so students could see them. 

“I think that it’s not only on the students to make sure or to try as best as they can to adhere to these things, I also think it’s important as teachers as we stay consistent,” Neitzel said, also referencing the new pass system of all students needing an orange pass written for them to leave class, as an area where the school has improved its procedures for keeping more students in class. 

Student input on the Panther Pact is also essential, especially for students attending school last year who could have given feedback for the matrix. 

“A lot of people destroyed the bathrooms last year, and like a lot of people didn’t want to go to the bathrooms anymore. I feel like that really helped a bit. But like, it still needs to reinforce that you gotta respect school property,” junior Arleth Antunez said.

There are several points in the matrix for students to follow and it includes respecting privacy.  

“I think that’s very useful because some people like…post about anyone on social media. So I feel like that does help with that issue,” Arleth said. ”There are some areas that we need to fix and work on, but overall I think it’s doing a good job at covering all the issues at our school.”

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