Fiske Weekly News
Week Ending 5/18/2018
Summer Mailing for 2018-2019
This summer, we will be sending our summer mailing home to you electronically. After speaking with Middle School Administrators last year, we realized we can be more efficient by sending out our mailing to you, and then sending home a few documents on the first day of school. This allows you to get the mailing directly, no matter where you are, it saves a lot of paper and is better for the environment, and we save the district a significant amount of postage. Generating the summer mailing electronically will also be significantly faster for the school.
In the summer mailing, you can expect to receive:
-Principal Summer Letter
-Classroom Teacher Letter
-PTO Welcome Letter and associated Flyers
On the first day of school, you can expect to get the following per family, via paper:
-Fiske Insiders Guide 2018-2019
-Parent Handbook Sign Off
-Student Technology Contract
As we have done over the past few summers, once the summer mailing goes out, we will ask you to give us your child/ren(s) dismissal information for the first day of school.
Fiske Global School Play Day 2018 Photo Album
Global School Play Day
Fiske Student Twitter Center
Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS)
School Wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)
Many parents may have heard their child talk about getting WHOO Cards, sitting in the “Owl’s Nest”, having lunch with the principal/assistant principal, or taking part in our school wide “dance party” every two weeks for earning 500 WHOO Cards. All of those things are part of our School Wide PBIS system.
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. It is a program designed to teach respect, responsibility, and safety at school. At Fiske, part of our job is to encourage students to continuously make good behavior choices through this program.
PBIS provides teachers and other school staff with information to help prevent behavior problems and make school a safe learning environment.
Research shows that the use of PBIS in school has resulted in increased time for instruction. It also increases positive behaviors school wide, and decreases disruptive behaviors.
How Does It Work?
A PBIS school teaches the expectations to all students and provides frequent opportunity to practice. A PBIS school provides a consistent, predictable, and fair use of consequences for all students. At Fiske we teach students what Respect, Responsibility and Best Effort look like in all school settings through our school’s PBIS matrix.
When we see students meeting those expectations, we give them WHOO Cards as a form of positive recognition, which also gives them a chance to participate in school wide incentives mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter article.
What Can Parents Do
Read and discuss the Behavior Expectations Matrix found in the headlines section of our school website.
Ask your child if they’ve earned any WHOO Cards and ask them why they earned them.
Review the Behavior Expectation Matrix with your child if he or she experiences behavior problems in school
Work on a plan to help them with strategies for appropriate behaviors
Support teacher and administrative behavior decisions
Discuss problems privately with staff
Click on this link to view our School Wide PBIS Expectations Poster: Fiske PBIS Poster
Safe and Supportive Schools
The Lexington Public Schools strives to ensure that all students have full and equal access to all programs and services. Accordingly, the School Committee has amended its anti-discrimination policies to reflect the Act Relative to Gender Identity that went into effect in Massachusetts in July 2012. A key component of this law was the amendment of various Massachusetts statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identification. For further information regarding safe and supportive schools please go to the following web-address: www.doe.mass.edu/ssce/GenderIdentity.docx.