Hunting Ridge Hawk Happenings

August 12, 2022

Important Dates for Hunting Ridge Families

Hunting Ridge Families,

We wanted to take a moment to share some important dates for your to add to your calendar.

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - Grades 1-6 Half-Day AM dismissing at 11:25 AM
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022 - K-6 full day of school
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - Kindergarten Parent Orientation 6:30 - 7:15 PM (Parents Only)
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - K-6 Picture Day
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022 - Parent Orientation
  • Grades 5 - 6: 6:00 - 6:45 PM
  • Grades 1-2: 6:45 - 7:30 PM
  • Grades 3-4: 7:30 - 8:15 PM
  • Thursday, September 1, 2022: 7:00 - 8:00 PM - PTA Meeting In-Person LRC and Virtual through Zoom
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022: 8:00 AM - Hawk Hustle Begins
  • Monday, October 17, 2022: Exclusion Day for students with incomplete health requirements


Mrs. Ortlund

We are a PBIS School!

Dear Hunting Ridge Community,

Hunting Ridge participates in the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. We are very excited to include this researched-based program in our learning community to help teach students our school-wide expectations.

Our school-wide expectations are that all students :

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Safe

Our goal is to provide opportunities for ALL students to learn how to be responsible, respectful, and safe in various settings. Staff teaches these expectations to ALL of our students in the early fall and re-teaches groups and individuals throughout the year. We know making responsible, respectful, and safe choices are valuable life skills for all of our students.

We are delighted to strengthen our building’s climate and culture using our PBIS system. We believe this system creates a safe and respectful school environment conducive to learning.

We look forward to working with you in a shared effort to develop and build a stronger school community. Thank you for your continued support in our partnership.

About PBIS

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a framework for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.

PBIS IS NOT a packaged curriculum, scripted intervention, or simple strategy.

PBIS IS a prevention-oriented way for school personnel to

  1. organize evidence-based practices

  2. improve their implementation of those practices

  3. maximize academic and social behavior outcomes for students.

PBIS supports the success of ALL students.

What is the Purpose of PBIS?

The purpose of PBIS is to establish and maintain a complete, data-driven system that provides schools the ability to identify and respond to school-wide academic and behavior issues (Sugai & Horner, 2001). It provides multiple layers of feedback and support for the various needs of different students.

Most students will succeed when a positive school culture is promoted, informative corrective feedback is provided, academic success is maximized, and use of prosocial skills is acknowledged.

Components of School-Wide PBIS

  • Positive statement of purpose and clearly stated and understood expectations

  • Systemic, agreed upon, and consistent approach to discipline

  • School-wide system of teaching/re-teaching expectations to students

  • Ongoing staff collaboration relative to

    • Providing multi-tiered systems of support for all students

  • School-wide data collection & analysis

  • Using school data to identify problems, brainstorm & implement solutions

  • A continuum of behavioral and academic interventions

  • Ongoing monitoring, evaluating, and improvement of systems, programs, and service delivery

Hunting Ridge Elementary School Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

The Hunting Ridge Staff believes that all students learn best in an environment that supports students to make responsible, respectful, and safe choices.

Our PBIS purpose is to educate, encourage, model, and reinforce positive behaviors. We cannot expect that all students will come to us knowing our behavioral expectations. Our students come to us with many different experiences, cultures, and backgrounds. The Hunting Ridge staff will teach, model, and reinforce our expectations. We will provide opportunities to teach our students our expectations and use “teachable moments” to help students understand when their choices may not have met our expectations.

We embrace and accept the responsibility of teaching our students the behavioral expectations at Hunting Ridge.

We include information regarding our PBIS expectations in this document and have posted our expectations in the following school locations:

  • Classroom Spaces

  • Hallways

  • Lunchroom

  • Bus

  • Playground / School Grounds

  • Restrooms

  • Library

  • With Technology

Please feel free to forward any questions or concerns to your child’s teacher, member of the PBIS team, or to the school administration.

Everyone Has a Role in PBIS

Student Role

  • Learn to show expected behaviors throughout the school

  • Practice expected behaviors in all school settings

  • Learn problem solving strategies for times when unexpected behaviors occur

  • Practice problem solving strategies during times when unexpected behaviors occur

  • Learn and practice expected behaviors at home and in the community

  • Strive to be a Safe, Respectful, and Responsible citizen

Family Role

  • Encourage safe, respectful, and responsible behaviors at home, at school and in the community

  • Model expected behaviors of the home and community for your child

  • Volunteer and/or be present at school activities to support expected behaviors in school

  • Talk about expected school behaviors and problem solving strategies with your child

  • Help your child learn from mistakes by re-teaching problem solving strategies

  • Celebrate your child’s successes as a Safe, Respectful, and Responsible citizen

Teacher Role

  • Support and encourage the creation of a safe and respectful learning environment

  • Model expected behaviors of the school and community

  • Teach and re-teach safe, respectful, and responsible behavior expectations to all students

  • Help students learn from mistakes and reteach problem solving strategies

  • Celebrate student successes as Safe, Respectful, and Responsible citizens

Administrative Role

  • Ensure all students and staff work and learn in a safe and respectful environment

  • Model expected behaviors of the school community

  • Use the systems of PBIS to include all community members in problem solving and solution finding

  • Support the school-wide efforts to teach, re-teach, reinforce, and celebrate expectations

Celebrate student successes as Safe, Respectful, and Responsible citizens

Expect Respect

We believe students must learn to use safe strategies to address the unacceptable behaviors of others. Using the “Expect Respect” program, our students are trained to use simple words and actions to respond to any unexpected behaviors directed towards them. Hunting Ridge staff teaches ALL students an effective verbal statement and hand-signal they may use to prevent/stop an aggressive or uninvited act. Students are taught to:

Say “Stop” -- holding a hand up as a visual symbol of communication and expectations to aggressor; STOP means STOP

Say “Okay” -- aggressor is expected to stop uninvited actions and accept the Stop sign; STOP means STOP

Walk Away -- both students are expected to walk away from the situation

All students learn and are expected to use and appropriately respond to the Expect Respect strategy at the start of an unexpected or uninvited situation. Students are also taught and expected to report situations to an adult if it is not resolved by the Expect Respect Strategy.