Tiger Insider

September 20, 2019

Positive Student Recognition Edition

2019-2020 PBiS Goal

Our overall goal is to have 85% or more of our kids receive one or fewer minor/major behavior referrals this school year. 81% of our students were successful last year so let's raise the bar!

PAWS-itive Character Trait

RESPONSIBILITY is our PAWS-itive character trait for the month of September! 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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Tiger Ticket Weekly Tallying

The goal of PBIS is to create an atmosphere of positivity and to foster community relationships between students, staff and administration. Using this framework, staff recognizes and affirms positive student behavior, as opposed to primarily disciplining negative behavior. The idea is to push the positive. The program is based on the understanding that the school will become more positive and the overall culture will grow when teachers and staff take the time to recognize positive student behaviors. To reinforce the positive behavior, staff recognize students demonstrating appropriate behavior with a tiger ticket. Tickets are submitted by the students to a bag in each homeroom and cashed out every week. Grade levels earning one thousand tickets or more earn an extra recess. ROAR not only rewards positive behaviors on an individual and homeroom basis, but it unites a large, diverse building as well. Beyond the hard numbers of outcomes, kids learn best in a positive, safe environment. Below are the grade level tiger ticket totals. These numbers are also displayed in our main lobby with tiger ticket tally totals for all to see and are updated weekly.

Week 1 Totals:

K - 272

1 - 1527

2 - 386

3 - 122

4 - 393

5 - 163

6 - 347

Congratulations to first grade who already earned an extra recess with their tiger tickets!

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.

Acutec Precision Aerospace Presents Manufacturing Day 2019

Are you looking for educational or career opportunities for you and your family? On October 3, 2019, Acutec will celebrate Manufacturing Day and we invite you and your family to come visit and explore our Meadville Facility.

Acutec Precision Aerospace is a family-owned aerospace manufacturing company that employs nearly 500 employees in our three facilities across Meadville, Saegertown, and South Carolina. We have a variety of career and educational opportunities ranging from our Machinist Training Program, to our ASCEND internships, to job shadowing, and more.

Throughout the program, you and your students will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facility with one of our Acutec employees, see our new robotic arm in action, get up-close with our 3-D printer, participate in fun giveaways and activities, and more. With this free event, we will offer information about manufacturing in 2019 and spark the interest of educators, community members, and students in the industry.

The event will be held October 3, 2019 at our Meadville Facility, 13555 Broadway Drive, Meadville, PA 16335, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This opportunity can help offer information about possible careers for your students and we hope to see you there. For additional information about Acutec or Manufacturing Day, please contact Nick Ozorak at nozorak@acutecprecision.com or visit their website. Thank you for your interest and we hope you join us!

Science Story Time!

Once a month, you're invited to bring your preschooler to Penn State Behrend for story reading, interactive activities, and "out-of-this-world" fun!

  • WHAT: Science Story Time
  • WHEN: Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8, Dec. 6
  • TIME: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Roche Hall at Penn State Behrend

Science Story Time is free and open to all preschool-aged children accompanied by an adult. Just be sure to RSVP in advance for both you and your child at this link.

Each session includes a story reading and hands-on lesson by Tracy Halmi, associate teaching professor of chemistry.

For more information, email tracy@psu.edu or call 814-898-6105.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Title I Expo from 5:15pm-7:45pm at Cambridge Springs High School

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - AG Encounter Field Trip for Grade 5

Friday, October 4, 2019 - Picture Day

Friday, October 4, 2019 - NEDs Kindness Challenge Assembly

Friday, October 11, 2019 - PBiS Review Assembly at 2:00pm

Monday, October 14, 2019 - NO SCHOOL for Students

Friday, October 18, 2019 - BOO BASH from 6:00pm-8:00pm

October 18 - 25, 2019 - Scholastic Book Fair

October 23 - 31, 2019 - Red Ribbon Week

Friday, October 25, 2019 - Parent Conferences

Friday, November 1, 2019 - First Nine Weeks Ends

Maplewood Moments

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Mrs. Yarnell's students are celebrating reading books for 12 whole minutes independently! Way to build that stamina, kindergarten!
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Mrs. Menanno's students are pictured learning all about new snap words by clapping them, stomping them, snapping them, spelling them and looking for other words they know inside the word. Great job, word detectives!
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"What do you think the story is about?" Kindergarten friends are whispering to each other a guess about what a new story could possibly be about from looking at the cover and title.
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Mrs. Baker is revealing to her students how knowing the first sound of a word and using the pictures can help when they come across a word that they may not know.
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Melba is pictured with Mabel the stuffed elephant who is the mascot for kindergarten's Units of Phonics program!
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Selene is pictured with Rasheed the stuffed lion who is the mascot for first grade's Units of Phonics program!
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Joseph is pictured with Gus the stuffed dragon who is the mascot for second grade's Units of Phonics program!

Stay Connected

Our Sponsors

We are so fortunate to have local businesses and organizations support the powerful work that we are doing at MES. 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 school, 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!