Cynthia Constas


Ms. Cynthia Constas



(Children Overcoming Problems through Education)

Room: 131


I would like to introduce you to our C.O.P.E. staff Cynthia Constas, Grades 4-6 Teacher: Melissa Iden, Paraprofessional: Demie Allen, Paraprofessional: Katie Wilcoxin, Paraprofessional. We are very excited to work with you and your child. I know that we will have a great year, learning and growing together to make leaps and bounds with behaviors and in academics. I set high expectations for ALL students so that they may have the best outcomes.

First and foremost we are working on building positive relationships and personal management. The academics will be given at their individual level for their success. I appreciate our families support at home with what we are trying to accomplish with your child at school. There will be daily notes so that you are informed and for you to respond. Please read your child's daily chart and discuss positive expectations with them daily. I use words of love to help them grow and to encourage their efforts. The next day at school is a NEW DAY!

Our philosophy in C.O.P.E.:  Positivity, Patience, and Prevention To create a positive, safe and respectful environment in which students are able to make mistakes, learn and cope with daily struggles.  Our students will know that we care about them and will guide them to be the best version of themselves.


. . . . . . . . . . . About ME . . . . . . . . . . I have been coming out to Arizona for 30 years visiting family, yes during the summers too. In August 2013 I choose to move here to be closer to family. My daughter, her husband and their child had followed me here to Arizona more recently. I have taught in different parts of The Valley and I truly enjoy being here in The Gilbert School District at Mesquite Elementary and especially in our C.O.P.E. classroom with your child.  I appreciate the relationships I try to create with staff, students and parents. Working together to create the best possible outcome for your child and you, excites me.

I started in high school working with students who have disabilities in 1975. As a teacher, this is my 22nd year teaching in special education. This is my first year working in a C.O.P.E. program. For 21 years I worked with the mild cognitive impaired in a self-contained classroom. I have been using the same level system in my classrooms to help with classroom management. The level system is the same type level system C.O.P.E. uses for guiding students toward positive behaviors. I have watched students behavior(s) improve with love, patience, and guidance, all the while having them follow classroom norms for everyone to be safe. . . . . . . . . . . . NORMS . . . . . . . . . . . Norms are what we follow so we are SAFE and we all know the same information

 Focus on myself / work  This means you are only working on what YOU need to complete so YOU can be           
           successful. It does not matter what anyone else is doing, but that YOU ae doing what YOU dded to
           do for YOURSELF
Keep my hands feet and objects to myself and quiet This means YOUR hands are for HELPING. YOUR
           feet are on the floor and to YOURSELF
Always use kind and helpful words This means you can use words that are kind, loving and sweet so YOU
           can others with feeling good about their self
Stay in my OWN space appropriately  This means YOU are staying in YOUR  own “bubble” (space).
Always control MYSELF including MY temper/actions Use what you know to stay calm…
          in and out / count to 10 / ask for help / use YOUR words to express YOURSELF / Take a break …

                                                 KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS SUCCESSFULLY!
I believe in YOU!   We believe in YOU!   Now, YOU need to believe in YOU!       You matter!!!!

. . . . . . . . CLASSROOM LEVEL SYSTEM . . . . . . . .  ENTRY LEVEL ~ White
Students must maintain 85% for 5 days to move to the next level

 LEVEL 1 ~ Red
Student must maintain 85% for 8 days to move to the next level

 LEVEL 2 ~ Yellow
Student must maintain 87% for 10 days to move to the next level

 LEVEL 3 ~ Green
Student must maintain 90% for 12 days to move to the next level

 LEVEL 4 ~ Purple
Student must maintain 90% for 12 days to move to the next level

 LEVEL 5 ~ Blue
Student must maintain 90% for 14 days to move to the next level 


  • Student drops to first day of the previous level if the student receives a referral or a 10% drop in score or when a student says something that is harmful to self or others - level drop.
  • When a student does NOT bring back their chart, their level will be suspended/freeze until charts are brought back in order to continue to move within their level or move up a level.
  • When a student receives 10% ABOVE the level they are on for half the required days, they can “BUST UP” to the next level!

. . . . . . . . . SNACKS ~ N ~ EATS . . . . . . . . We are looking for HEALTHY snacks! Acceptable store bought snacks may include:

Goldfish Pretzels           Crackers Granola Bars low in sugar

Popped Popcorn Fruit Snacks made with juice low to no sugar foods

. . . . . . . . . . . LUNCHES . . . . . . . . . . Please be aware of how much sugar are in the foods your child brings to school. We have frequent discussions about how sugar negatively impacts their behavior(s). After lunches there appears to be heighten negative behavior(s) with the students who are taking in high levels of sugar, just in their lunch. If it is possible to talk with your child to not choose chocolate or strawberry milk, this would be appreciated. Chocolate and Strawberry milk offered in the school cafeteria, has 24 grams of sugar in each container. Add the sugary milk with their lunches (fruit, fruit snack and /or cookies) there is a more intense classroom management to keep your child calm. This may help with your child being successful with their behaviors and academically. Thank you for your understanding in this matter! . . . . . . . . . . . BAND . . . . . . . . . . If your child is in the band, have them bring their instruments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays unless otherwise notified. . . . . . . . . PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) . . . . . . Please have your child wear shoes that covers their whole foot. In other words, do not wear flip-flops/sandals. Tennis / sneakers would be appropriate footwear to ensure your child's welfare. 4th grade PE: ? 5th grade PE: Tuesdays 6th grade PE: Fridays,



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