Tuesday, September 5, 2023
We finished our first full week of school! We want to extend our gratitude for your support and partnership in ensuring a smooth start to the academic year. Last week was filled with excitement, growth, and learning for your children. The students are settling into routines and making new friends. Our dedicated teachers have been working diligently to create a safe and nurturing environment for your child's success. We encourage open communication between home and school, so please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. We ask that you guide and support your child's learning, and read through our Parent/Student Handbook.
We are concluding our administration of our school-wide benchmark testing, which allows us to individualize student instruction. The MAP benchmark assessment provides reading and math data of each student to the teachers working with them. This gives the teachers opportunities to provide appropriate and academically challenging instruction for our students. If you have any questions about these assessments or our intervention offerings, please feel free to contact us for additional information.
We are excited to introduce a program that will positively impact our school environment and enhance your child's learning experience. We are implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports initiative in our school community.
PBIS is an evidence-based approach aimed at promoting a safe, respectful, and nurturing school climate. Its core principles center around teaching and reinforcing positive behaviors to create a supportive learning environment for all students. At Christa McAuliffe School, we have three central goals: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be a Shining Star.
Be Respectful: We expect all students to show respect to their peers, teachers, staff, and the school environment. Respectful behavior creates a positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued and appreciated.
Be Responsible: Taking responsibility for one's actions is essential for personal growth and learning. We encourage our students to take ownership of their behavior, their academic progress, and their contributions to the school community.
Be a Shining Star: We believe that every child has the potential to shine brightly. Through PBIS, we will celebrate and recognize students who demonstrate outstanding behavior, academics, and character traits that exemplify what it means to be a shining star.
Throughout the year, we will actively teach and reinforce these behavior expectations to help students internalize them. By doing so, we aim to create an environment where everyone feels safe, valued, and supported.
To ensure the success of the PBIS program, we need your involvement as parents and guardians. You play a crucial role in reinforcing positive behaviors at home. We encourage you to discuss the behavior expectations with your child and provide positive feedback when they demonstrate respectful, responsible, and shining star behaviors outside of the school setting. You will likely hear the terms "minor" and "major" related to student behaviors. Families will be notified when a behavior incident occurs. This is not a punishment system, it is a system that encourages positive behaviors.
If a student does not meet the behavior expectations, our staff will address the situation using constructive and supportive approaches to teach appropriate behaviors. We believe in teaching children to make better choices and learn from their mistakes.
We are excited about the positive impact that PBIS will have on our Christa McAuliffe School community. We are committed to working together to create a nurturing environment where every child can thrive. If you have any questions or concerns regarding PBIS please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
KEEP IN TOUCH!
We encourage you to visit ksd140.org throughout the school year for key events and information pertaining to our school and the District. As always, please don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance. We are always here for you.
Dr. Annette L. Szczasny
Ms. Kelly Folliard