STS Peter & Paul School

370 E End Ave
Beaver, PA 15009
(724) 774-4450

Discipline Policy

The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are committed to teaching the Gospel values, which help our students live their lives as a reflection of Christ.  The philosophy of our schools calls us to recognize and respect the dignity of each individual and to offer a Christ-centered, safe learning environment based on the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church.

Discipline is a necessary element of the learning process.  The purpose of discipline is to foster the growth of self-discipline enabling students to eventually assume responsibility for their own actions.

All members of the faculty and staff share the responsibility to model appropriate behaviors and to enforce the structure necessary for learning self-discipline, the ultimate goal of the discipline program.

To create an environment that is conducive to learning, faculty and staff of Saints Peter & Paul has established a behavior policy.  It is based on the belief that young people must learn to deal with each other and respect each other in a manner consistent with Christian teaching.

EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO RESPECT and the behavior in school, church, playground, and extra-curricular activities should reflect our love of God, neighbor, and self.

The “KEY” word for our school discipline code is “RESPECT.”

Respect:                         Treating oneself and others with kindness.

Excellence:                    Aiming to do one’s best.

Sportsmanship:           Choosing to play fairly and responsibly.

Positive Attitude:          Selecting to look for the best in each situation.

Encouragement:            Allowing oneself and others to begin anew each day.

Courtesy:                         Practicing manners and politeness.

Tolerance:                       Being patient and compassionate with others.

At the time it is administered, all discipline seems a cause for grief and not for joy, but later it brings forth the fruit and joy of peace and justice to those who are trained in its school.  – Hebrews 12: 1

Discipline Policy

The discipline policy used at SSPP is a merit/demerit policy.  Each student will begin each report card period with 100 merits.  For each infraction (as stated on the demerit form) a student will lose (said number of demerits).  At the end of each quarter (grades 3 through 8) will need to be between 93 and 100 merits to participate in the spirit day activities.  The same expectation will continue for the remaider of the report periods.

At any time that you fall below the expected 93 required merits, you will be able to make them up.  This will be accomplished during after school hours and students will assist in helping the faculy or staff in some way.   Parents will be responsible to pick up their child after detention.  Again, each student (grades 3 through 8) is responsible for keeping 93 to 100 merits at all times.  Anytime a student falls below 90 merits, will risk being dismissed/suspended from athletic teams, after school activities, field trips, etc.

We, the staff of SSPP, cannot guarantee the safety of each child; however, we will make every effort to provide a safe and orderly environment to protect the health, welfare, and safety of all students.  The following four-step problem solving process will be used

1.            Are we aware?

2.            We will investigate

3.            We will reach a conclusion with all assembles information

4.            We will take appropriate action


Classroom management should foster student involvement and cooperation in classroom activities to establish a productive work environment.  To accomplish this, the following components should exist:

  • Positive classroom management to help students manage the ability to:


  • Think and problem solve


  • Accept responsibility with regard to rules, limits, and the needs of others


  • Develop a positive self-image


  • Teachers will help students to learn acceptable behavior through feedback on behavior and its consequences.


  • The modeling of social skills through:


  • Rationales – providing the student with the moral awareness and development to understand how their behavior affects themselves and others


  • Consequences – providing logical consequences that teach the student to choose between acceptable and unacceptable actions


View the entire Discipline Policy in the Parent Handbook