Space Center Regulations
Mission 125 & NASA Regulations:
In order for us to have smooth soaring through 3rd grade, our class practices various procedures throughout the day in our classroom. We also abide by the Indian Trail Space Center Expectations: Be safe, be respectful, be responsible. Please see our PBIS Expectations Matrix at the bottom of the page, and link to the complete file HERE.
Space Cadets begin each day at "Behavior Blast-Off." If they go above and beyond they may move to "Out of this World" or "To Infinity & Beyond" satus.
Sometimes passengers may experience turbulence during our space explorations. If this occurs, students will receive a warning and we will need to "Alert Mission Control" by marking a "straight" or "sad" face in your child's assignment notebook. If the space cadet continues to violate NASA regulations, then they will need to make an "Emergency Shuttle Dock." While docked, they will need to complete a "Docking Ticket." This ticket is a behavior analysis form detailing the poor choice(s) made and how to improve in the future. It will be completed by the student, sent home, signed by parents/guardians, and returned to school the next day.
Check your child's assignment notebook nightly/weekly for brief updates as indicated by the happy/straight/sad faces at the bottom of the page. Class DOJO reports (see below) will also be sent home this year to update you on your child's behavior and rewards.
Space Ranger Rewards
Our space shuttle needs fuel to fly, and our fuel is earned by good behavior, hard work, compliments from other teachers, positive reports from specials, earning Tiger Stripes, and following Indian Trail expectations.
We may earn may earn whole-class jet fuel, or students in desk groups may earn jet fuel for individual accomplishments. When our class fuel tank is full, we earn a reward as a class. When student group tanks are full, they contribute that fuel to our class tank. Mission #125 passengers collaborate with Captain Petlak to determine what the reward for full fuel tanks will be.
Earning rewards as Space Cadets is both fun and educational!
We work hard each week to earn Mission Miles in the categories of: behavior, class work, homework, organization, and class jobs.
Captain Petlak and each individual passenger keeps track of credits (points/money) earned and debits (points/money owed) using an online system called CLASS DOJO. Students who make good choices in the aforementioned categories earn credits, and those who experience turbulence in certain categories earn debits.
This process is often referred to as "Classroom Economy." At the end of each week, cadets receive a report of their debits/credits and total Mission Miles earned. Each child will be given an ACCESS CODE so that you may view their tallies on Class DOJO from home. Throughout the year, Captain Petlak issues each cadet a "Cosmic Check" for the total amount of credits for that month.
Students may then cash in their Cosmic Check at the Currency Exchange Bank for "Martian Money." Monthly or quarterly, tourists may bring their Martian Money to our "Galaxy Mall" to purchase many exciting items (lunch with Mrs. Petlak, homework passes, and much more!). Students help run the bank and souvenir shop. This gives them invaluable real-life experience with MONEY, BUDGETS, and reinforces positive choices in school!
Houston, We Have a Problem.....
If/when a student forgets to bring back/turn in important items to school such as homework or library book, a "Alien Alert" ticket will be issued. This is a form completed by the student and sent home as a reminder to bring the missing item to school ASAP. Alien Alert tickets result in Class DOJO points being deducted, and therefore deducted from their Cosmic Checks and Martian Money payouts.