Classroom Procedures/Expectations

Classroom rules/procedures/expectations are for your benefit.  The following will help you do your work with less confusion and help you to succeed!

Entering the Classroom – Quietly walk into the classroom, get out your materials and begin working on project or assignment.

Leaving During Class – HS & MS:  restroom, drink, office, locker – do ALL before class starts, affects your weekly progress.  If it is absolutely necessary – fill out hall pass in planner and I will sign. Elementary:  take Art Pass palette.  Leaving during class excessively will result in limitations being placed.

End of Class – 5-10 minutes (based on materials) before the bell, put away all materials and projects, clean work area, sit in or stand by seat until bell rings, push stool in when dismissed.

Class Guidelines for Success:

All students have the right to learn, be safe, and be supported.  No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety or well being of others.  In addition to the school-wide discipline procedures, the following is the set of class guidelines for success that will be followed:  

Be Responsible

  • Be prepared for class – bring pencils, sketchbook, planner to class everyday.
  • Be to class on time and ready to learn.
  • Work area and materials must be properly cleaned and put away before class is dismissed.
  • Be honest and accountable for your actions.
Be Respectful

  • Work quietly during class time using appropriate language and having appropriate conversations.
  • Respect the people, equipment and furnishings in the art room.
  • Listen to and follow directions.
  • Respect your artwork, give everything your best effort!
Be Productive

  • Stay on task and work towards project objectives.
  • Have a positive attitude and spirit of cooperation and participation!
Be Safe

  • Use all tools safely and properly.
  • Walk in the classroom.
  • Sit in your seat appropriately.

Name on Work – make sure your name/class is clearly written on project and stored in a safe place:  art locker/shelf, etc. Sketchbooks, assignments, etc. – write name, date, and number of sketch on bottom right hand corner of paper and turn in.

Cleaning Up – Art is messy, we all must work together to keep the classroom as a workable space.  You will have to be responsible and clean up after yourself!  

  • Put supplies away in appropriate places
  • Store projects in designated location
  • Clean sinks and counters – put sponges on top of sink, drape washcloth on facet
  • Wash/dry off tables
  • Pick up trash on floor

Washing Hands:

  • 2 students at each sink at a time
  • Turn water on low so it doesn’t spray everywhere
  • Dry hands with a SMALL piece of paper towel
  • Wipe down sink area when finished

Lining Up and Attention – Elementary:  sit silently for teacher to call tables to line up, push stools in, when teachers says “Mona”, students reply “Lisa” and students immediately have:

  1.  Eyes on teacher
  2.  Mouths closed and silent
  3.  Hands still

Asking a Question – Ask 3 before me!  If another student is not able to help, raise your hand and wait for teacher to come help you.

Storage Closet – Off limits, no exceptions!

Computers – Project, sketchbook, classroom research ONLY! Email or share document to for teacher to view or print.  You will lose your computer privileges if you are emailing or not using the computer for classroom purposes.  Everyone using the Internet MUST fill out an Internet Permission Slip.

Pencils – Elementary students will trade a dull/broken pencil for a sharpened pencil as needed.  HS & MS: You are responsible for bringing your own pencil to class every day.  Remember – if you forget to bring a pencil, your progress grade will be affected due to not being prepared for class.

Art Supplies – put all materials back where they belong.  Wipe off and close glue bottles, recap markers, etc.

Checking Out Materials use check out sheet to take materials out of classroom, must be returned promptly when finished


  • Check that artwork is clean, complete, and you’ve signed your work
  • Finish any previous projects
  • Sketchbooks/journals/workbooks.weekly activities
  • Read an art book from art library
  • Art starts – pull an idea out of the clay head and use this to begin a drawing
  • Activity sheet – work on activity sheet from the folders
  • Sculpey – create a 3-D form with sculpey, do not mix colors
  • Art Memo or Izzi – play matching games, be sure to keep track of pieces and replace properly in box when finished

Recycling – Please recycle ALL non-glossy paper.  Do not recycle: construction paper, bright papers, newspaper, magazines, any paper with paint or glue, napkins, trash of any sort.

Alarms – if you hear an alarm, stay calm, turn voices off, listen for directions

  • Evacuate:  leave your stuff behind, form a line at North class door, exit building and follow teacher
  • Lockdown:  move away from sight, maintain silence

Assigned Seats – MS and Elementary students are expected to sit in their assigned seats unless permission is granted by the teacher or the teacher makes changes.  

Respect Artwork – NEVER touch, draw, paint, etc. on any work but your own!  Give other’s work only positive comments.  Always be mindful of your actions in here so we can keep artwork safe! Give your best effort!

Lockers/Shelves – HS & MS students will have their own locker to store sketchbooks, pencils, erasers, etc.  HS students will share with another classmate a shelf to store projects.  Your name will be listed on your locker and shelf.  Unless you ask permission from the owner, do NOT get into other’s lockers or shelf.   

Work Quietly – I allow students to talk quietly while they create but I expect silence when I have something to say.  Please keep your voices at a minimum to allow others to have an enjoyable learning and creating experience.

Music – When music is playing, the expectation is to work quietly so all students can hear the music.

A.R.T. If the “A” is taken down, the class gets a warning to quiet voices.  If the “R” is taken down, the class loses talking privileges until the “R” is put back up.  If the “T” is taken down, the class works silently until the end of class.

Mona Art Bucks – For elementary, students will be rewarded a Mona Art Buck for going above and beyond classroom expectations. Bucks will then be redeemed for art surprises and activities.


  • Cell phone/electronic device usage other than for academic purposes or to listen to music!  Acceptable use policy must be signed and turned in prior to any use.   
  • Food or drink other than water in spill-proof bottle.
  • Peace signs, hearts, smiley faces, ying/yangs or any other overused symbol; be original, be creative!
  • Cards, notes, name signs, paper airplanes.
  • Inappropriate images, words, etc. in artwork.
  • Hanging around the door at the end of class.
  • Throwing away any projects, must be taken home.  If found in any trash on school property, a 0% will replace your project grade.