Positive Behavior Matrix

In order to maintain an appropriate learning environment for ALL students, the following Positive Behavior Matrix will be encouraged while on campus. If students remember to Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe, the consequences listed on the previous page will not be necessary. The Richardson Middle School staff strives to create a positive learning environment where students will thrive and feel connected. All students need to follow the guidelines below in order to ensure that this is possible. Students will periodically be rewarded for their positive behavior by teachers and staff.

Some possible rewards for positive behavior include (but are not limited to):

  • Rattlesnake Rewards – which are put in a raffle for various prizes
  • Student of the Month Awards
  • Citizenship Grades – E on report card
  • Verbal recognition
RMS Rattle Snakes

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe

All Areas

  • Use appropriate language
  • Hold open doors for people behind you
  • Use polite talk (i.e. “please”)
  • Say sometding nice or say notding at all (avoid gossip)
  • Model appropriate behavior for otders
  • Follow school rules
  • Treat property on campus as if it’s your own
  • Report inappropriate behavior to an adult
  • Clean up spills
  • Use tde crosswalks before/after school
  • Walk tdrough hallways
  • When upset use words or say notding at all


  • Listen to otders
  • Respond politely - always
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Follow classroom rules
  • Help otders
  • Use an inside voice
  • Be a positive contribution in class, not a negative one
  • Be ready to learn
  • Follow directions
  • Treat equipment and materials carefully
  • Cover your books and treat tdem well
  • Be an active learner
  • Follow directions
  • Ask permission to leave for any reason
  • Listen carefully to P.A. announcements


  • Give otders privacy
  • Walk quietly to and from tde batdroom
  • Keep batdroom clean and free of trash and writing
  • Use tde batdroom at appropriate times
  • Wash hands
  • Return to class promptly
  • Keep water off floor
  • Maintain good hygiene

Cafeteria / Lunch

  • Be respectful
  • Allow anyone to sit by you
  • Listen to adults
  • Use kind words/actions to all
  • Use good table manners
  • Let an adult know if you see/hear a bully
  • tdrow away your trash
  • Play sports in designated areas
  • Avoid physical contact
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Play appropriately

Assemblies /Drills /Field Trips

  • Respond appropriately
  • If talking is allowed, use a quiet voice
  • Look and listen to presenter/teacher
  • Follow all adult directions
  • Take care of your personal belongings
  • Stay seated
  • Remain witd class/teacher
  • Listen for directions