McNary reminds students of the golden rule
October 9, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Brooklyn Flint
Everything McNary High School is trying to achieve can be wrapped up in its new motto “Live Respectfully.”
“We want our students to be prepared to enter the work world, so they need to learn the importance of being on time, using their phones appropriately, and speaking appropriately around other people,” said McNary assistant principal Mr. Dan Borresen.
The motto continues with the phrase “by arriving on time.” Mr. Brad Emmert, one of the behavioral specialists, was pretty invested in this line and the meaning behind it. “Before the school year has started we have sent a lot of information to parents dealing with attendance and trying to shed light on the issue of chronic absenteeism,” Emmert said.
Since parents are aware that being absent is a big problem, they are encouraging their kids to go to school more.
“Students were leaving school and not understanding how to be at work on time and consistently,” Borresen said. One of the biggest issues at this school has been people being late to class or just not showing up.
“If students are 10 to 25 minutes late, they almost feel as if they have a decision to make. So some students won’t show up at all because they were late,” Emmert said.
Another big problem for McNary is the misuse of electronics during class. “We are not anti-technology or anti-cellphones, but we are all doing a disservice if we don’t try to teach you how to manage it in like a setting like this, which is going to become a setting similar to a job,” Emmert said. It seems that students are going on their phone way more than they should and for reasons that are not related to their work. High schoolers are having lower grades due to them not paying attention in class and using their phone.
“Speaking kindly” mostly relates to the profanity going around school that McNary wants to put a stop to.
“We want a culture at our school that treats everyone fairly and kindly… We want to create a family atmosphere where all people feel welcomed and cared about, so being aware of how we act towards others and how we treat others is an important awareness skill,” Borresen said. The profanity at school has created a negative atmosphere that brings many students down. “We want to be a world class school that helps people prepare for life after high school,” Borresen said .
“So far I think it has made a difference but we have more work to do,” Borresen said.
It is apparent that this motto is nothing new at McNary. Even though the poster is new this year, the idea of living respectfully has been taught to students for their entire lives. Emmert summed up the idea of the poster: “Live respectfully: it’s essentially the golden rule… it’s basic human functioning.. The purpose of the poster really was to try to bring to light what we really want to be good at and what we want to focus on.”