What school behavior standards are followed?

Town Creek Elementary has used Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiatives with our students for the past eleven years. PBIS is a research-based initiative focusing on increasing academic success and reducing discipline referrals by creating an environment that promotes positive behavior. This, in turn, facilitates academic success.

The third and highest level of PBIS Maryland recognition is the PBIS Maryland GOLD Recognition Award and will only be awarded to those schools that are demonstrating sustainability for the systems, practices, and data utilization for school-wide PBIS and can demonstrate that their implementation has had positive effects on both their discipline and achievement data for at least two years. Town Creek Elementary received Gold recognition by the Maryland State Department of Education for our PBIS activities.

Our Philosophy

We will strive to provide an environment conducive to learning in order to maintain high academic achievement for all students. Members of our school community are encouraged to model and reinforce positive school behavior and good character.


As a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) school, we have committed to overall school-wide behavior expectations and positive rewards and incentives. Our school rules fall under the umbrella of Respect, Responsibility, and Safety. These expectations were developed collaboratively by the staff to be specific to the various school settings providing consistency throughout the building and from year to year. A school pledge has been created to continually foster an intrinsic understanding of Town Creek expectations.

This year we are continuing school-wide PBIS initiatives including the following:

  • All individual and group behavior(s) will promote a safe and orderly learning environment.
  • Each individual is responsible for his/her own behaviors and actions.
  • All members of the Town Creek Elementary School family will treat others and their property with respect and dignity.
  • As a school community, we follow three main rules: Be respectful, responsible, and safe.

Expectations of All Individuals

  • Everyone will approach each day as an opportunity to make a fresh start.
  • Everyone is a key member of the school family and will work for its success.
  • Everyone will treat others and their property with respect.
  • Alternatives will be considered to avoid conflict.
  • Problematic situations will be resolved in a peaceful manner.
  • Consequences for problematic situations will be appropriate for the individual and his/her actions or behaviors.
  • Everyone will try to do his/her best each day.

Classroom Expectations


  • We treat others the way we would like to be treated
  • We are active listeners, silent when others are speaking
  • We cooperate with others


  • We follow directions the first time
  • We accept consequences for our actions
  • We always do our best


  • We keep our hands, feet, and objects to ourselves
  • We move safely in the classroom

Cafeteria Expectations


  • We practice good table manners
  • We use a quiet voice at the table
  • We are silent in the lunch line
  • We raise our hand to signal a need


  • We listen to the cafeteria monitors
  • We know our ID number
  • We make healthy choices
  • We clean up after eating


  • We walk safely before, during, and after eating
  • We ask permission before leaving the table

Playground Expectations


  • We share equipment
  • We treat others with kindness
  • We allow others to join our play


  • We line up properly when recess ends
  • We report concerns immediately


  • We use equipment properly
  • We make safe choices when we play

Possible Rewards for Appropriate Behaviors

  • Extra recess time
  • Character celebration party with the Principal
  • Special class treat, i.e. popcorn party
  • Positive notes/phone calls home to parents
  • TC Tickets
  • Stickers
  • Reward system for behavioral management
  • Extra computer time
  • Praise

Possible Consequences for Inappropriate Actions

(To be determined on the Individual Merits of Each Situation)

Restriction of privileges

  • Time out within the classroom or lunch reflection
  • Time out outside of the classroom (either in ISIC, another classroom, or the office)
  • A written letter of apology
  • Telephone call home with the student explaining the problematic situation
  • Telephone conference with the parent(s)
  • Parent/Teacher conference
  • Referral to the In-School Intervention Center (ISIC)
  • Out of school suspension
  • Request for pre-expulsion hearing
  • Consequences for Office Discipline Referrals are implemented consistently according to the County "J" codes. Please review the SMCPS Student Handbook & Code of Conduct

What are TC Tickets?

Positive behaviors are recognized on a daily basis through TC Tickets. TC Tickets are given to students by staff members when students are caught exhibiting Town Creek values.

Tickets are also drawn monthly for special events.  Random drawings are conducted to provide an ongoing incentive/reminder. Students select a prize from a prize basket if their name is drawn. Random drawings occur more frequently during times of heightened negative behavior.

Teachers select 1 student monthly to be the "TC Kids for Character" in their class. Each student's picture is posted in the hallway and recognized at an assembly.  Individual classroom behavior management incentive programs are implemented to further support the expectations.

What is 1, 2, 3, Take 5?

It is a system that encourages positive behavior while using gentle techniques to stop undesirable behavior.  There are three parts to the program. First, to encourage positive behavior, the teacher uses methods such as “across the room” and “next door” praise.  Some children may respond to charting or the use of timers. Second, teachers use counting “1, 2, and/or 3” to manage undesirable behaviors. On the count of three, the student must take a five minute time out.  The key to this technique is that the ‘counter’ must follow the No-Talking, No-Emotion rule. The last part of the program involves maintaining a healthy relationship with the children. This is accomplished through active listening, shared fun, and class meetings.  This is a “no news is good news” program. If you do not hear from your child’s teacher then everything is fine. This system is used in conjunction with our PBIS program.

What is the Town Creek School Pledge?

Town Creek School Pledge

We respect our friends and teachers, too.
We're responsible in the tasks we do.
We are safe so we can learn all the time.
Town Creek School is mighty fine!