Tiger Insider

October 4, 2019

Positive Student Recognition

September Terrific Tigers

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Announcing our September Terrific Tigers representing RESPONSIBILITY! Lexus & Hayden (grade 6), Annabelle & Will (grade 5), Lily & Gavin (grade 4), Ripley & Michael (grade 3), Ella & Aidan (grade 2), Brenna & Karter (grade 1) and Mackenzie & Cash (kindergarten). When you see them, please congratulate them on being such positive influences in our school family!

PAWS-itive 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.

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! As of October 1, 2019 452 out of out 462 students have received one or fewer behavior referrals for discipline. That means that 98% of our students at Maplewood Elementary were consistently doing the right thing! Our students are making great choices and learning quickly to avoid repeating bad ones.

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 4 Totals:

K - 872

1 - 3, 219

2 - 1,186

3 - 438

4 - 772

5 - 431

6 - 546

Congratulations to grade 2 for earning an extra recess with good behavior and to grade 1 for earning two more! Keep up the great work, Maplewood!


Speaking of all the great behavior we have been seeing at MES, 105 students have been recognized so far with a PAWS-itive PICK! A student who is going above and beyond the ROAR expectations gets nominated for a PAWS-itive PICK by an MES staff member!

What does a positive office referral look like at MES?

*Sign the VIP wall

*Call home

*Selfie with Mrs. Fonzo

*Ring the bell

*Loud cheering and high fives

*Names read weekly over intercom

Keep up the great work, MES!

What is PBiS?

SWPBiS stands for School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports. SWPBiS is a research-based continuum using an evidence-based teaching model to achieve academically and behaviorally important outcomes for all students.

We have defined our four expected behaviors (ROAR) for our elementary students. They are all positively stated, easy to remember, clearly defined and tell students what TO DO rather than what not to do.


R - Respect Yourself and Others

O - Own Your Actions

A - Have a Positive Attitude

R - Responsibility for Yourself

Parent Conference Sign Ups

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019 from 7:35am-3:00pm. Each teacher at MES has an online sign up for you to schedule a time to come in and chat with him or her about your child's progress. Please click the link below to find your child's teacher. If you have any trouble scheduling online, please call the MES main office at (814)337-1659 between 7:30am-3:30pm and we will be happy to help you!


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: 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

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - Daylight Savings Time Ends

Friday, November 8, 2019 - National STEM Day

Friday, November 8, 2019 - Student Recognition Assembly

Maplewood Moments

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Congrats to Aarolynn, Chuck, Maggie, Fox, Trinity, Casey, Chase, Annamarie, Mattison, Abigail, Ella, Veronica, Zachary, Aydyn, Emma & Ashlynn who had creative stories chosen for publication in Crazy Creatures 2019 - Pennsylvania Mini Sagas! Having work published is a fantastic way to boost confidence and showcase writing skills as well as giving students a real audience and purpose for writing. Having their work chosen is something to be proud of - it doesn't happen everyday! Awesome job!
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"We are practicing our snap words because we really need to know them!"

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!