I have similar problems. So much anger and "playfighting" as they call
it, quickly turns serious.
Can you involve your deans, v.p. or principal in this, to emphasize
the problem? Also, I find that students whose families don't have
phones have cell phones! We have emergency contact lists in our
Letters get lost. I had a student tear up a second letter, written by
the dean, about her misbehavior in my class in front of me!
I think arranging a face-to-face meeting with parents is best, and
this might come in a more official letter from the principal or other
It is more trouble for you, but can you establish an after school
detention for some of the behavior problems?
Good luck. This is never easy.
Jane in Brooklyn (who emailed you a few minutes ago on the