PBIS PRIDE Newsletter

Fall 2019

What does PRIDE mean?

PRIDE is the acronym that represents our school’s slogan for the PBIS initiative, a.k.a. Positive Behavior Interventions and Support. PRIDE represents the following concepts: Positive relationships, Respect, It starts with me, Demonstrate ownership, and Engaged in learning.

PBIS PRIDE Expectations

As a school, we have created behavior expectations for specific areas in the building. These areas include classrooms, hallways and stairwells, the cafeteria, bathrooms, and school wide events. Students learn and review these expectations throughout the school year.

Students are not only able to apply these expectations at school, but also at home and in the community. We take PRIDE in knowing that ELCO Middle School students have the skills to be successful citizens in all aspects of life.

NEW THIS YEAR!! School Wide Character Education!

Character Education: It teaches the students the values of caring about other people, honesty, responsibility, and other important traits that make for an upstanding citizen. The reason for teaching good character is to help prepare the students to face the many opportunities and unknown challenges that are in today's society.

Each month in homeroom and in various classrooms, students will engage in activities and discussions prepared by the PBIS team that correspond with the monthly theme.

Here is a glimpse at what character traits will be discussed in the upcoming months...

September: RESPECT



Positive Behavior Incentives

PRIDE 200 Club

Students receive a Golden Ticket from a teacher or staff member for exceeding expectations. The tickets are brought to the main office and students draw a number to be placed on the 200 Club Pride Board. Once 10 numbers in a row are filled on the PRIDE 200 Club board, those students who were a part of the 10 numbers that were in a row, will have the opportunity to play PLINKO at lunch and win prizes. We like to recognize all students that receive a Golden Ticket. Students and families will receive a postcard in the mail, recognizing their good deeds, and Golden Ticket recipients will also have the opportunity to enter and win one of three prizes each quarter.

Quarter 1 PBIS Golden Ticket Drawing Prizes

PRIDE Points

Students can receive points from a teacher or staff member via the PBIS App for meeting the PRIDE expectations. Those points can be redeemed at the School Store. New prizes and opportunities will be coming to the School Store this year!

Just a few of the items offered at the school store

1-1-1- Challenge

Coming back to the Middle School this year, is the 1-1-1 Challenge. Quarterly events (4 times a year) will be held for all students that meet the 1-1-1 Challenge. Students will attend the event, as long as they do not exceed (for that marking period):

  • One Major Form
  • One Unexcused Absence
  • One Tardy to School

Events may include Ice Cream Sundaes at lunch, lawn lunch, movies, special assemblies.

Referral System

Students may receive a minor or major referral for not following the PBIS PRIDE Expectations during the school day. Minor referrals are handled by the teacher, in the classroom, to reinforce and re-teach our PRIDE expectations. Three minor referrals in any given week will result in a major referral. Major referrals are handled by administration and parents/guardians will be notified. Major referrals can also occur for more serious infractions of school policy. Please keep in mind that not all referrals, minor or major, result in serious consequences. Keep in mind, the purpose of PBIS and our referral system is to identify why behaviors are occurring and how we can better support students, so they're able to be successful at school and in the home and community.

PBIS Student Club

We're accepting applications for our Student PBIS Club. Please encourage your student to get involved! Students, listen carefully to the morning announcements for more application information.

PBIS Dance

Friday, Sep. 20th, 6:30-8:30pm

60 Evergreen Drive

Myerstown, PA

This is the first school dance of the year. Everyone is invited. The cost is $3.00. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Football Tailgate

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2:30pm

60 Evergreen Drive

Myerstown, PA

During the week of homecoming, on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 from 2:30pm-4:45pm ELCO Middle School’s PBIS team and Student Council will be sponsoring an after school tailgate for ELCO middle school students. There will be food and drinks available, as well as face painting and yard games. At 3:45pm, students will be walked over to the JH Football field (behind the stadium) by ELCO MS staff. Students will be supervised by ELCO MS school staff until the end of halftime, at 4:45pm. Students are welcomed to stay beyond the 4:45pm event end time, but must understand that supervision is no longer being provided beyond that time. All students will either need to ride the activity bus home or be picked up. Students are expected to show their ELCO PRIDE by complying with school expectations and cheering for their peers! Permission Slips will be sent home with students and are due on Friday, October 4th. If your student misplaced their permission slip, they may pick up an additional permission slip in the main office.

Thank you for your time.

Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to take a look at the PBIS PRIDE Newsletter. Our PBIS team and student club appreciate your support. If you have any questions or feedback regarding the PBIS program or any of our incentives, please contact us at 717-866-6591 and a PBIS team member will be happy to help!