Bobcat Behavior


At Custer County Schools, we believe that we must be a positive school with high expectations for students. All students have the right to learn, be safe, and be supported. No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety, or wellbeing of others. 
In supporting our students, we believe that we must provide consistent expectations throughout the school day and throughout the school environment. These expectations must be simple to understand and taught thoroughly to all students. Positive reinforcement of our expectations and consistent consequences are both important. We believe that parents/guardians are an integral part of creating a BOBCAT BEHAVIOR culture in our schools. We ask that each parent/guardian discuss our school rules and expectations at home on a regular basis. It is important to talk regularly with your child about how they are doing at school. As students are recognized for demonstrating BOBCAT BEHAVIOR, parents will be notified so that you can celebrate and reinforce your child’s behaviors. Parents will also be notified of inappropriate behaviors so that we can work together to support your child in learning to exhibit BOBCAT BEHAVIOR expectations.

At Custer County Schools ALL students strive to:





Students who exhibit BOBCAT BEHAVIOR will be recognized through a variety of positive reinforcements given by classroom teachers. In addition, all staff members will be looking for students who demonstrate these BOBCAT BEHAVIOR expectations. Students who struggle demonstrating BOBCAT BEHAVIOR will receive additional instruction and consequences within their classroom setting and/or as needed may be referred to the office. All consequences will follow the Custer County school policies and procedures.  
Each teacher will work with students to define exactly what each of these rules looks like in their classroom. These three rules along with their definitions will be posted around the school and in classrooms. They are also available on the Custer County Schools website.  
We believe that effective and consistent student discipline is a prerequisite for sound educational practice and productive learning. The purpose of student discipline is to offer strong learning opportunities for students to exhibit appropriate behaviors while in a safe school environment. At Custer County School, we will make every effort to partner with parents and guardians to create a team approach to discipline when appropriate. 
Goals for the Custer County School District discipline program are:

1. To ensure a safe and effective learning environment for all students.  

2. To guide students toward a sense of self-discipline and personal responsibility.

3. To have students develop ownership of their decisions through enforcing appropriate consequences related to their behaviors.  

4. To create an environment of mutual respect between students, parents, and school employees.  

5. To repair and build relationships when possible through restorative practices.  
Students do not shed constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate; however, the scope of their rights is more limited. (Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeler, 484 U.S. 260 (1988))



Be safe:

  • Listen and follow instructions

  • Ask before leaving the room

  • Use materials appropriately

Be Responsible:

  • Listen to the teacher

  • Participate

  • Be on time

  • Pick up your area

Be Respectful:

  • Hands, feet and body to yourself

  • Use appropriate language

  • Value the opinion of others


In our common areas, students will be taught to abide by all three rules according to the following expectations.



Be Safe:

  • WALK on the right side

  • Be courteous and aware of younger students

  • Keep hands, feet and body to self

Be Responsible:

  • Be efficient

  • Stay with your class

  • Be where you say you are going to be

Be Respectful:

  • Be quiet

  • Hats off in the building

  • Use appropriate language



Be Safe:

  • One student from each class at a time

  • Use equipment appropriately

Be Responsible:

  • Avoid hanging out

  • Flush toilet and wash hands

  • Throw away trash

Be Respectful

  • Respect the privacy of others

  • Use indoor voice



Be Safe:

  • Hands to yourself

  • Walking only

  • Eat from your lunch only

Be Responsible:

  • Food is for eating

  • Clean up your area

  • Only take what you will eat

Be Respectful:

  • Speak kindly and softly

  • Follow directions from adults

  • Use good manners and be courteous to others



Be Safe:

  • Have self control

Be Responsible:

  • Quiet

  • Pass/permission necessary

  • Wait (in chair) for attention

Be Respectful

  • Be polite

  • Speak appropriately to others

  • Listen



Be Safe:

  • Walking only

  • Hands, feet and body to ourselves

Be Responsible:

  • Pass/permission needed

  • Use materials appropriately

  • Cell phone are not to be used

Be Respectful

  • Use quiet voices

  • Put items away after use

  • Food and drink are not allowed

  • Be a leader to younger students


Computer Labs

Be Safe:

  • Go to only appropriate sites


  • Be aware

Be Responsible:

  • Log in and out

  • Always use same computer


Be Respectful

  • Care for equipment

  • Listen to instructions

  • No food or drink



Be Safe:

  • Be aware of personal space

  • Wear gym shoes on floors

  • Listen to adult directions

Be Responsible:

  • Use equipment appropriately

  • Put equipment away

Be Respectful:

  • Use appropriate voice level

  • Listen to adults



Be Safe:

  • Stay within the boundaries

  • Use equipment appropriately

  • Avoid interaction with strangers

Be Responsible:

  • Pick up equipment after use

  • Line up quickly and quietly

  • Wear proper clothing for weather

Be Respectful

  • Listen and respond to adults

  • Show kindness

  • Share equipment

  • Respect the personal space of others



Be Safe:

  • Walk when entering or exiting

  • Stay seated at all times

Be Responsible

  • Pay attention

  • Participate

Be Respectful

  • Hands, feet and body to yourself

  • Listen

  • Avoid talking during presentation

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709 Main Street, P.O. Box 730, Westcliffe, CO 81252, School Office - (719) 783-2291, Fax - (719) 783-4944

Background photo courtesy of 2015 Custer County graduate Brittanee Bohannan


In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, Custer County School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as the compliance officer for the district:  Principal, Joe Vergilio, 709 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO 81252, (719) 783-4921.


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