Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a school wide process for creating expectations, routines and procedures for students and staff across all settings. It is based on understanding the purpose of the problem behavior or the "WHY". It is a research based educational approach to problem behaviors that respects each persons values, feelings and beliefs and is implemented within the classroom setting. Its efforts are proactive and offers alternative behaviors and skills that a student can adopt. Simply put...
"If a child doesn't know how to read, we teach."
"If a child doesn't know how to swim, we teach."
"If a child doesn't know how to multiply, we teach."
"If a child doesn't know how to drive, we teach."
"If a child doesn't know how to behave, we......teach?........punish?
Why can't we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?" (Herner, 1998)
Truth is we can and the way we are doing so is by continuing the implementation of our PBIS program. Students will be taught the behavioral expectations throughout the school building. We will RISE to this challenge as we become one school! Those same expectations will be reinforced by all of the staff in the building each and every day. On a weekly basis older students will be assisting the younger students in what we call our "Fun Friday" activities. They will be a combination of character lessons and fun activities that provide students the opportunity to truly demonstrate/practice that character. When students' RISE above and demonstrate Responsibility, Integrity, Safety, and Empathy they will be rewarded with slips which will then be entered into a weekly drawings. This is also where we need your help. We know that with your support and reinforcement your child will experience even more success. If you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to call.