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Herman Avenue Families,
        
We are proud and profoundly excited to introduce Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for the upcoming school year. PBIS is not a program or curriculum.  PBIS is a framework that guides and supports behavioral and academic instruction.  

PBIS Overview:
PBIS is a focus on all settings and on all students.  There is a direct instruction of all students in Classroom, Cafeteria, Playground, Bathroom, Hallway, and Bus.

                                Safety first
                                        Ownership of behavior
                                                Act respectfully
                                                        Responsible Citizens

Mission Statement:
We, the students, families, and staff at Herman Avenue Elementary School, commit ourselves to providing positive, safe, and respectful school-wide environment that encourages productive, compassionate citizens.  

Universal PBIS
(Schoolwide, Classroom, and Non-classroom Levels)
“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we….teach?”
                
                                                (Herner, 1998)

Key Features:
*Focus on ALL Settings- All Students
*Intention is to reduce new cases of problem behaviors
*Emphasis on Prevention
*Requires ongoing re-teaching of expectations by school staff
*Monitoring of student behavior in structured and unstructured areas
*High Academic Engagement, Function Based Behavioral Support for All Students

Expectations:
*Safety first
*Ownership of behavior  
*Act respectfully
*Responsible citizens

Targeted Intervention:
Targeted intervention is the ability of a school to identify the correct students for additional support and then provide those students with consistent research-based interventions.

Key Features:
*Targeted interventions are in place for more chronic problems with students who do not respond to Universal supports.
*Purpose is to reduce current cases of problem behaviors
*Interventions based on data
*Use of research validated interventions
*Continuous progress monitoring for response to intervention

Family Involvement:
The connection between families and PBIS at Herman is an essential one.  Families play a critical part in their child’s education and social development.  The involvement of parents in schools not only provides additional academic supports but also builds community and cultural connections.

Key Features:
*Positive and 2-way communication with parents and families
*Families are consistently informed of school-wide behavioral expectations, systems and practices that acknowledge/reward positive behaviors, and consequences of inappropriate behavior.

Classroom Management:
Classroom management will focus on teaching of behavioral expectations by teaching behavior and providing consistent positive reinforcement.

Key Features:
*Effective and thoughtful Transitions
*Active Supervision
*Positive, respectful, predictable, & trusting student-teacher-family relationships are critical
*Decreasing reactive and punitive responses to misbehavior

Thank you,

            Herman Ave Staff