Discipline Is Enforced at Dimond High

Eighty percent of detentions are written when students come from off campus. That means that most of the detentions are written first hour and fifth hour. Kevin Theonnes has taken charge as the new assistant principal for student services. In short, he’s head of discipline. Since Theonnes has taken over, the number of tardies has been reduced by over 50 percent from the beginning of the year. Dimond started off with over 400 detentions within three to four weeks Dimond had around 200 detentions being written. So what is Theonnes doing? He’s working the system efficiently. Before he was in charge, there were a lot of flaws where detentions weren’t enforced. People who served their detentions also weren’t being kept track of, according to Theonnes. This isn’t the case now. Theonnes has secretaries who enter into a spreadsheet the students’ names who have been given detentions. Theonnes then emails it to himself and organizes it. New students entering the spreadsheet are colored red. Failure to serve a detention after two days and the name changes to yellow and security sends a notification to serve the detention or the student will receive a Monday school. If the student still fails to serve the detention then the name is changed to orange, which means that student will receive a Monday school. Failure to serve a Monday school and the name changes to blue, which means the student, will serve a five-day in school suspension. Failure to serve once more results in a three-day out of school suspension, according to Theonnes. Not only will failing to serve assure a student a suspension, accumulating several will as well. If a student has received nine detentions in a 30-day period, a student will be issued a five-day I.S.S. Monday school starts at 6:00 a.m. Serving a Monday school doesn’t eliminate several detentions, either; it’s a one-to-one trade off. It doesn’t pay not to serve detentions; getting up early and serving for several hours as opposed to a lunch period isn’t worth it. Theonnes is the only person who has access to the “master spreadsheet,” as he calls it. This means that he’s the only one who can make changes to it. According to Theonnes, no one else manages the system like he does. This is why the previous system didn’t work out as well, he said. He puts in a lot of work to make sure the job gets done and well. Why does he do it? With the tardy rate down, that means students are getting to class on time, which means they aren’t coming in late, disrupting the class, are spending more time in class and having an opportunity to learn. This is his explanation for why he works so hard to make sure the system works. Theonnes stated, “If you’re at school on time, you can get a diploma.”