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Cougar Code


The very best learning experiences for children take place in schools that are safe. The faculty and staff at Montezuma Elementary School are committed to providing an orderly environment that is positive, nurturing, and supportive.

Children who make appropriate choices about their personal behavior and interactions with others will be rewarded by continual improvement in their academic skills and through a variety of classroom and school sponsored recognitions. Discourteous, aggressive, or destructive behaviors will be addressed through a continuum of consequences.

The staff of Montezuma is implementing a program called “Time to Teach.”  It is a school-wide discipline program based on the following beliefs:

-Teachers are doing an incredible job! -Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

-Conflict is a part of growing up.

-Problem behaviors can entrap us.

-Curriculum comes first, but discipline does too.

-Good discipline gives teachers more “time to teach.”

-Self esteem matters.

-Warmth, clearly defined limits, and respectful treatment help children develop high self esteem.

-Desired behaviors have to be taught systematically.

-An effective discipline program teaches responsible behavior.


The Cougar Code outlines the behaviors that are expected of students at Montezuma.