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October 1, 2018

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. 454 out of our 493 students have not received a single behavior referral for discipline since the first day of school. That means that 92% of our students at Maplewood Elementary were consistently doing the right thing! Out of the 39 students that did receive referrals, only two have more than two referrals. The students are making great choices and learning quickly to avoid repeating bad ones.

Why PBiS?

Frequently, the question is asked, "Why should I have to teach kids to be good? They already know what they are supposed to do. Why can I not just expect good behavior?"

In the past, schoolwide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of schoolwide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

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Courage Character Trait

Courage is our PAWS-itive character trait for the month of October! 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.

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Rise & Shine

Maplewood Elementary School knows the importance of attending school every day as it leads to higher achievement and success for all students. Because of this, the TIGER team at MES has made attendance one of its goals for the 2018-2019 year, but we need your help! Parents/guardians are essential in helping students arrive on time with parental/doctor excuses.

The goal this year is to decrease the number of students arriving late by 20% and rewarding students with at least 95% in attendance (3 legal absences) each trimester. Illegal absences (absences without a parental/doctors note, or exceeded 10 parentals within a year) will disqualify the family for eligibility that trimester. To decrease the number of students who arrive late, MES has developed the “Rise and Shine” program that encourages families to arrive to school on time by entering them into a drawing for prizes at various times of the year. Work as a team within your household to win a prize for the whole family!

The school attendance team will work hard to make phone calls and remind parents to turn in excuses, or make contact when students have missed/arrived late on multiple occasions. They are here to help!

180 Days of Learning

Congratulations to Thomas, Kyleigh and Brooke from 6th grade who took 3rd, 2nd and 1st places, respectively, in a PBiS Essay contest. They each won an item from our Spirit Wear sale! Their winning essays were published on our 180 Days of Learning Blog - click on the link to read them!

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!

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!