• What is the Goal of Be A Cardinal?


    The purpose for implementing Be A Cardinal at our school is to foster a positive school environment that utilizes a proactive system approach that supports the academic, behavioral, and social needs of the students.

    Here at GES, we encourage our students to

    Be Safe!

    Be Respectful!

    Be Responsible!



    Be A Cardinal strives to teach students consistent school expectations, acknowledge when students act responsibly, and re-teach expectations to encourage successful behavior.


    Student Recognitions

    • Cardinal Pride: Weekly program that recognizes students for being safe, respectful, and responsible.


    • Silver Spoon Award: Each day in the cafeteria, classes are scored based on their behavior in 5 areas (voice level, remain in seat, following directions, cleaning up, lining up). At the end of each month, one class per grade level with the highest number of qualifying points will be recognized and given a special reward to celebrate. 

    • 100% Class Attendance: Weekly program recognizing classes  

    • Terrific Kid of the Month!

    Students are selected based on who have shown improvement, exhibits good behavior, is helpful to teacher and peers, etc.  

    Family & Community Recognitions

    • Home of the Cardinals: Community groups and family members will be acknowledged for their participation (e.g. donations, volunteer time, etc.) in the Be A Cardinal framework. Updates will be posted online.  


    • Thanking Members of our Cardinal Pride: Annual celebratory event to thank family and community members who have been involved with Be A Cardinal over the course of the year.

    What can you do at home?


    Together, the home, school and community share the responsibility for developing good citizens. Parents, teachers and students must collaborate to maintain a safe learning environment. Parents can help by doing the following:

    • Review Be A Cardinal Expectations with your child.


    • Ask your child to discuss examples of ways he/she can use these expectations to help them learn.

    • Discuss ways that these expectations can be used at home and in the community. 

    • Focus on the positive actions that your child does and discuss why these behaviors are important to you.

    • Keep regular contact with your child’s teacher.