Tiger Insider

January 4, 2019

Caring Terrific Tigers

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Announcing our December Terrific Tigers representing CARING! Megan & Aiden (grade 6), Mattison & Charles (grade 5), Reagan & Broc (grade 4), Kasey & Tyson (grade 3), Taylor & Riley (grade 2), Lia & Joe (grade 1) and Brinley & J.P. (kindergarten). Congratulate them on being such positive influences in our school family!

Self Discipline Character Trait

Self Discipline is our PAWS-itive character trait for the month of January! Monthly Character traits are defined and students displaying traits are presented with a PAW. Assigned students will collect them from classrooms each morning. PAWS will be announced during lunches on Wednesday. During lunch on Wednesday, students will have an opportunity to display their PAW on the Principal’s 100 Board. When there are 10 in a row on the board, those 10 students spin the prize wheel for individual incentives. Those individual incentives include VIP lunch with 2 friends, Cafeteria Snack Coupon, Pick a Prize Coupon, Gaming Room with 2 friends. At the end of each month, students will also receive the designated Character bead to acknowledge their PAWS-itive Traits.

What is our PBiS Goal This Year?

Our overall goal during the 2018-2019 school year is to have 80% or more of our kids receive one or fewer minor/major behavior referrals this school year. As of December 20, 2018, 423 out of our 489 students have received one or fewer behavior referrals for discipline. That means that 87% of our students at Maplewood Elementary are consistently doing the right thing! Out of the 66 students that have received more than one referral, only 43 have more than two. Our students are making great choices and learning quickly to avoid repeating bad ones.

First Trimester Student Recognition

Maplewood Elementary recognized student accomplishments that occurred during the first trimester on Thursday, December 6, 2018. 146 students were recognized from across grades K-6 for demonstrating amazing learning behaviors and another 347 students were recognized from across grades K-6 for having 95% regular school attendance or better. Students who were recognized during the assembly for contributing so positively to our school community with their regular attendance and appropriate learning behaviors were then put into a random drawing for either MES ear buds donated by our fabulous PTO, tokens to The Rink in Titusville donated by the wonderful Cauvel family who own and operate that establishment or a grand prize of a Kindle Fire donated generously by Sean Battin of Horace Mann. Charlotte from grade 5 was the lucky winner this time of the grand prize and took home the Kindle Fire! Congratulations, Charlotte! Congratulations as well to all of our students that were recognized at the close of our first trimester and a big thank you to our sponsors who make it possible to provide items for our student drawings. Keep up the great work everyone! We will do this again at the end of the second trimester! The more times you are recognized for positive school contributions, the more chances you have to win!

How Else Are Students Recognized?

Everyday, students are eligible to earn Tiger Tickets for displaying school appropriate behaviors or ROAR (Respect, Own It, Positive Attitude, Responsibility) to go towards weekly drawings. In addition to earning Tiger Tickets, students are recognized weekly for PAWS-itive PICKS where students going ABOVE and BEYOND our ROAR expectations are recognized with a positive office referral. Also, students are recognized weekly for displaying the PAWS-itive Character Trait of the month with a paw and then a bead to add to his or her character trait necklace. Then, monthly, all students who earned a PAWS-itive Character Trait during that month are considered to earn the Terrific Tiger for their grade. A boy and a girl from each grade are selected by the special area teachers who have most consistently displayed that trait throughout the month.

In addition to the weekly drawings, the Tiger Tickets earned will be tracked and reported at the end of each trimester. Once the students achieve a set goal, a school-wide event will take place. At the end of each trimester, the teachers will also have an opportunity to recognize students who are demonstrating the four expected behaviors. These students will be recognized at these assemblies.

With so many ways to be recognized for doing good, our students want that positive attention and recognition from us!

Positive Behavior on the Bus

Mrs. Fonzo and Mrs. Howick cooked our bus drivers pancakes on Monday, December 17, 2018 to update them with all the great things moving forward with PBiS this school year through combined efforts between Maplewood Elementary and Maplewood High School. Ten bus drivers along with PM Bus garage manager, Chad Wagner, were in attendance to learn more about PBiS, strategies to transfer this learning to their buses and to give us feedback on how to assist them with student behavior.

Visitor Sign In Update

PENNCREST is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students, faculty and visitors. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district. Providing a safe learning environment continues to be our top priority, we appreciate your patience with our new system.

More system information can be found at http://www.raptorware.com/

Important Upcoming Dates

MES PBiS Handbook

Everything PBiS in one place in our PBiS Handbook! Look inside for questions about PBiS recognition, beginning of the year expectation lesson plans and much more!

180 Days of Learning

Follow us this year as staff, students, parents and other community members share their learning on our blog that will update every day of the school year. Every day a new learning experience will be shared for each day of the school year. We want to share our stories of learning with the world!

Our PBiS Sponsors

We are so fortunate to have local businesses and organizations support the powerful work that we are doing with PBiS. Please consider returning the favor by supporting them! Also, if you own a business or know of a business that would like to contribute to our PBiS program, please contact Erin Fonzo, Principal of Maplewood Elementary School, by calling (814)337-1659 or emailing efonzo@penncrest.org

Our Students ROAR!

We LOVE having the opportunity to help our students succeed and we're very proud of them for repeatedly making the right choices. We hope you are as excited as we are about the great work that the students have been doing. Our recent SWPBiS evaluation confirms what we already know..... MES is PAWS-itively the best!