Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, aka PBIS, was adopted and implemented at the Georgia Elementary Middle School this school year. PBIS is designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.
Goals of PBIS at GEMS are to:
- Improve student engagement
- Increase instruction time
- Create a positive school environment
With consistent specific expected behaviors being taught in all school settings, students are expected to:
Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe
One component of PBIS is encouraging and recognizing students for following expectations. Paper gems are given to students for following the expectations. When a student receives a GEM he or she places it in their classroom or grade level container. Classrooms or grade levels have celebrations when they have filled their containers. Classroom or grade level celebrations might look like different, but they do celebrate success.
We had two school-wide celebrations this school year. The first one was a Beach Party on December 21st. Lunch that day was a barbecue, and we ended our day with all students and staff participating in a beach ball relay.
Our end of the year celebration was June 1st in both gyms where students and staff were on the playing field or as a spectator watching games of Human Foosball. The major goal was to promote community and cooperation among older and younger students. Everyone playing and watching had a great time!
Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments FWSU maximizes flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and personalized learning opportunities for all.
Indicator of Success – Flexible learning environments are the context for collaboration and extend beyond the classroom.
Action Step – Develop opportunities for students to demonstrate transferable skills in authentic settings