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The Essential 55

The Essential 55


These rules and guidelines cover everything from manners and good hygiene

to homework and character education.

They can help children become more successful both in and out of the classroom.

Cherokee has covered these Essentials for several years now with the activity teachers teaching the students in their classrooms so every student is familiar with the 55.

1. When responding to an adult, you must answer by saying "Yes ma'am" or "No, sir".

2. Make eye contact.

3. If someone in class wins a game or does something well, congratulate that person.

4. Respect other students' comments, opinions and ideas.

5. If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you loose, don't show anger.

6. If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return.

7. When you cough, sneeze, or burp, turn your head away from others

and cover your mouth with your elbow or hand.

8. Do not smack your lips, "tsk", roll your eyes, or show disrespect.

9. Always say "thank you" when given something.

10. When you receive something, do not insult the gift, or the giver.

11. Surprise others with random acts of kindness.

12. When grading other students' papers, give only the correct grade.

13. Follow along when we read together in class.

14. Answer all written questions with complete sentences.

15. Do not ask for rewards for good grades or behavior.

16. You must complete your homework everyday.

17. Subject transitions will swift, quite, and orderly.

18. Be as organized as possible.

19. When homework is assigned, do not moan or complain.

20. When a substitute teacher is present, all class rules still apply.

21. Follow the specific classroom protocols.

22. You may bring a bottle of water to class; you may not leave for a drink of water during class.(*Teacher Discretion)

23. Know other teachers' names and greet them by name in the hall.

24. Keep yourself and bathrooms clean and germ free.

25. Greet visitors and make them feel welcome.

26. Do not save seats in the lunchroom.

27. Do not stare at a student who is being reprimanded.

28. Call your teacher if you have a question about homework and leave a message - once. (*Teacher discretion)

29. Follow the ABC's of Etiquette. (See Below)

30. After dining in the cafeteria or elsewhere, be responsible for your trash.

31. In a hotel room, leave a tip for the hotel workers who clean your room.

32. On a bus, always face forward.

33. When meeting new people, shake hands and repeat their names.

34. When offered food, take only your fair share.

35. If someone drops something and you are close to it pick it up.

36. Hold the door for people rather than letting it close on them.

37. If someone bumps into you, say "excuse me," even if it was not your fault.

38. On a field trip, enter a public building quietly.

39. On a field trip, compliment the place you are visiting.

40. During an assembly, do not speak or call out to friends.

41. At home, answer your phone in a polite and appropriate manner.

42. When returning from a trip, shake the hand of every chaperone.

43. On escalators, stand to the right, walk to the left.

44. When standing in line, keep your arms at your sides and move quietly.

45. Never cut in line.

46. Do not talk in a movie theater during a movie.

47. Do not bring smelly chips into the school building.

****Ron Clark has a story about this rule.******

48. If someone is bulling you, let someone know - (teacher, principal, counselor, or any adult.)

49. Stand up for what you believe in.

50. Be positive and enjoy life.

51. Live so that you will have no regrets.

52. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

53. No matter the circumstances, be honest.

54. Carpe diem. (Seize the day! You only live today once, so don't waste it.)

55. Be the best person you can be!


(Rule 29: The ABC's of Etiquette)

Ron Clark's with a few of Mrs. Carr's added in.

When you first sit down for a meal, immediately place your napkin in your lap.

If you have to go to the restroom, ask to be excused and place your napkin in your seat.

Never place your elbows on the table.

Use on hand to eat, unless you are cutting or buttering food.

Do not lick your fingers or chew with your mouth open.

Do not smack you lips or chew noisily.

Do not talk with your mouth full.

Pass the salt and pepper together.

Never reach over someone's plate to get something.

When you are at a restaurant, do not begin eating until everyone at the table has received his/her food.

If you are unsure which silverware to use, simple start with the fork, knife, or spoon that is the farthest from your plate.

When setting the table---LEFT & FORK ( 4 letters) and RIGHT & KNIFE & SPOON ( 5 letters)

Never place silverware that you have used back on the table. Leave it on a plate or saucer.

When you are finished eating, place your napkin on the table to the left of your plate.

When finished eating, do not push your plate away from you. Leave it where it is. To show that you have finished eating, lay your fork and knife together across the plate.