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Why do we think etiquette matters and make it a priority? Etiquette is about more than just good manners, it shows other people that we value and respect them. We believe it is about being kind, being friendly and having integrity as well as good manners. Etiquette teaches us how to treat each other, to know how to behave and how conduct ourselves confidently in different situations. In short, Etiquette is about how you present yourself, how you behave, how you speak, how you treat others, how you think and that's why we think it matters.

Verbal Expectations

  • When greeted, stop and respond to the greeter making eye contact with the speaker, e.g. “Hello, how are you?” “Fine, thank you, and you?”
  • When addressing adults, a title such as Mrs. Senaga will be used.
  • The words “yeah” or “yup” will not be used when addressing an adult. “Yes,” “I see,” or “I understand,” are respectful responses.
  • Use polite words in conversation, such as “excuse me,” “I am sorry,” and “thank you.”
  • Apologize sincerely when you have made a mistake or hurt someone’s feelings.
  • Positive feelings are promoted by avoiding put-downs, name calling, gossiping, or whispering about others.
  • Express your disagreement or anger with appropriate words and tones of voice. If you are having a problem, seek help from an adult.
  • Say “yes” when asked to help.


  • Respect the school staff, my fellow students, and myself.
  • Dress within the school dress code.
  • Strive to be honest in my statements and actions.
  • Honor the beliefs and customs of others.
  • Display appropriate conduct and sportsmanship at school, on the bus, and at all school activities.
  • Respect the property of others.
  • Work to the best of my ability.
  • Promote school cleanliness and the upkeep of school property.
  • Make all visitors, parent volunteers, and substitute teachers feel welcome through my polite, helpful, and courteous behavior.
  • Accept responsibility for my actions and attitudes and learn from my mistakes.
  • Uphold our school mission and ensure my actions positively contribute to supporting our reputation of excellence.

We will use the first two weeks of school to teach and practice all the discipline and manner expectations. Students and Parents will be asked to sign our Ethics Code at the start of each year. 

Action Expectations

  • Hold the door open for others.
  • Stop and listen when someone is talking to you.
  • Treat people with respect.
  • Make an effort to include others.
  • Take turns when appropriate.
  • Walk around people who are engaged in a conversation.
  • Include everyone in play.


Learn more about this here.

5th Graders attend an Etiquette Luncheon