Dear Plainfield Memorial School Families,
We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and that the beginning of the school year is goes well for you and your child. This is a very exciting time for our Plainfield Memorial School students, staff, and families, as we create a positive and supportive environment for our children.
Here at Plainfield Memorial School, we are participating in a scientifically research-based behavioral support program called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to promote a positive school climate and address problem behaviors. During the 2012-2013 school year, our PBIS team was hard at work evaluating current disciplinary practices, defining our behavioral expectations, and developing a reward system to recognize good behavior and increase positive interaction between our staff and our students. Each year, we review these expectations and adjust them to fit our students' needs.
To begin our new school year, we will explicitly teach our behavior expectations: Perseverance, Respect, Independence, Dependability, and Excellence, to each student during the first week of school. Students will actively participate in lesson plans which teach what each of our behavioral expectations “looks like” within various settings of the school (classroom, lunchroom, recess, bathroom, hallway, and bus). Throughout the year we will continue to practice, model, and re-teach these expectations to all of our students.
Evidence suggests that when scientifically-based research and evidence is used to guide practices within our school and community, children are likely to flourish. We hope that the PBIS initiative at Plainfield Memorial School will continue to enhance the overall behavioral, academic and social success of our students. The staff at Plainfield Memorial School looks forward to working with our students and families this year as we continue to grow and learn together.
The PMS PBIS Team
Catch the Cougar P.R.I.D.E.!