Cardinal Code



 “Where Little Cardinals Learn to Fly”


The Bess Truman staff works together to maintain a positive behavior plan.  Some of the most important phases of a person’s educational development are that of learning proper behavior, cooperation, respect and self-discipline.  Without these characteristics, it is difficult for a person to maintain the proper attitude to develop intellectually.  It is the school’s responsibility, as part of the total educational process, to assist the student in the development of these behaviors.


What is the Cardinal Code of Conduct?

The children at Bess Truman Primary Center will learn how to be “Great Cardinal Kids” by learning and following the “Cardinal Code of Conduct.”  The Cardinal Code is part of our Positive Behavior Support Program (PBS), which is a process for creating a safer and more effective school.  It is a school-wide commitment to utilize research-based support systems for student behavior.  The process focuses on improving our ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.  The Cardinal Code includes six school-wide expectations intended for all students and all staff in all settings.  It is an approach to create a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.  Listed below are the Cardinal Code behavior expectations.  Please read these with your child.  Thank you in advance for your support and reinforcement of the “Cardinal Code of Conduct.”


“Cardinal Code”…teaching social skills for success!


Safe Environment

Life Skill #1:

I will maintain a safe environment for others and myself.


Everyone has a right to be safe in school, public places and home.

I will:

Keep my hands and feet to myself; walk; sit in my chair appropriately; think before I act.

Appropriate Conversation

Life Skill #2:

My words must be appropriate


Proper conversation can help prevent misunderstandings, arguments and fights.  It helps people understand each other.  I will talk it out.

I will:

Call people by their names; use a quiet voice when speaking, listen; wait my turn to speak; use appropriate words.

Positive Public Behavior

Life Skill #3:

I will behave in a manner that is appropriate for being in public; use manners.


In order to be successful at home, school and work I must know how to behave in public.

I will:

Be kind to others; respect personal space of others; have good hygiene; use good manners and be considerate of others.

Classroom Manners

Life Skill #4:

I will behave in a way that allows the lesson to continue smoothly.


I am in school to learn.  I am working on skills that will enable me to be successful at school.

I will:

Raise my hand and wait until I am called on before I speak; enter and leave the room quietly; stay on task; listen; follow directions.

Getting Along

Life Skill #5:

I will interact positively with adults and peers.


I am working toward understanding others feelings and understanding those who disagree with me.

I will:

Stay in control of myself at all times; be honest; be responsible for my behavior; not argue.

Caring for Property

Life Skill #6:

I will show respect for my property, school property and property of others.


In order to live, play and work I must demonstrate respect for my property and the property of others.

I will:

I will take care of my things and those things belonging to others; keep my area organized.  If I find something that does not belong to me I will return it.