WCSD PBIS: Wellness Matters!

Volume Six: Spring 2019

In this edition of the newsletter...
  • Impact of the Student Wellness Program - visible results from our commitment to a healthy, positive, and caring school environment
  • Happy people are more productive
  • Tune up classroom climate with community circles
  • Kindness: 12 Minutes to a better mood
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WCSD Student Wellness Program Update

The Student Wellness Program launched this year with the overarching goal of nurturing trauma-informed practices across the district.

We focused on early intervention, building Tier 2 support systems, and rejuvenating our implementation of Tier 1 foundations. The addition of School Social Workers to our team of student support services provided a significant expansion of intervention resources.

Results? We believe the decline in suicide risk assessments tells the story.

See the graph, below: The Red line describes a downward trend when compared with last year at this time, despite a slight uptick in families reporting insecure housing.

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Reversing the trend of emotional distress was a multi-faceted team effort.

Take a moment to reflect on your contribution to improving outcomes for our students.

Wellness Program Accomplishments:

Fall trimester

  • Early identification of needs by conducting walk-throughs of Kinder & 1st grade classrooms and completing the Universal screen for social-behavior-attendance-academic risk
  • Launch of Second Step social emotional learning curriculum in every TK-2nd grade classroom and at least one classroom per grade level for all other grades. Lessons have been taught by classroom teachers, school social workers, school psych interns, counselors, and counselor interns.
  • Tier 2 teams review referrals and universal screening information to match students to interventions and monitor progress throughout the year
  • Provided individual and small group counseling sessions with school social workers, school psychologists, school psychologist interns, and school counselors and interns.
  • MTSS/RTI reading intervention programs were implemented across the grades; Information letters and progress monitoring reports kept parents engaged.

Winter and Spring

  • Most school site staffs participated in Professional Development on Adverse Childhood Experiences and how to build resilience by leaning on our PBIS systems as a support for students, staff, and schools
  • Launched Check-In-Check-Out as the main Tier 2 intervention and vehicle for data collection
  • Increased parent knowledge and engagement with a variety of parent workshops, including on social emotional learning and managing social media's impact on children;
  • Continued MTSS/RTI reading interventions and parent notifications of progress.
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Watch this Fun and short Ted Talk about happiness and work

WCSD PBIS & MTSS Google Site

More resources to support student engagement as well as prevention and management of disruptive behavior can be found on the WCSD PBIS & MTSS Google Site

  • videos
  • links to more resources
  • tips on responding to common challenging behaviors
  • academic strategies
  • more
Pinterest board about Calm Down Areas in the classroom

Whether you call it a Peace Corner, Alaska (a place to chill out), Zen Zone, or a Break Room, find ideas for sensory tools, resourceful uses of small spaces, calm down tool kits, and more.

Follow my Pinterest board about Caring School Climates

Ideas for building community with and among students and creating positive and supportive environments on campus

Follow my pinterest board about Classroom Strategies

Tips on classroom management and student engagement techniques

2018 Fall Newsletter: Trauma Informed Schools

2018 Winter Newsletter: Winter Boost!

2016 Fall Newsletter: Relationships!

2016-17 Winter Newsletter: Positive School Climate

2016-17 Spring Newsletter: Classrooms!

WCSD PBIS: Positive School Climate for Student Success