In an effort to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all of our Mabel Paine Mustangs, our staff has developed and will continue to implement the Positive Behavior Intervention Support plan (PBIS) designed to create and maintain a safe school environment by promoting positive behaviors. PBIS is a system-wide approach to behavior management where the behavior standards are infused into every part of the school atmosphere. The acronym P.O.W.E.R. was created by the staff to help the students remember the standards expected of them in all aspects of their school day: Pride, Own Your Actions, Well-Prepared, Engaged, and Respect. Every character trait or behavior taught throughout the year, relates back to the P.O.W.E.R. standards. The idea is to explicitly teach the expected behaviors and pre-correct student behavior before it becomes a problem. Teachers and staff members will catch those “teachable moments” in and out the classroom and use them to help students to learn about appropriate behavior, positive actions, steps to problem solving, being safe, being respectful, and how planning and preparedness leads to success.
It is important to keep in mind that PBIS is a process not a program, and we are only three years into this P.O.W.E.R.ful journey. We will continue to have monthly incentive activities for students that earn a P.O.W.E.R. band (rubber bracelet) for exhibiting positive behaviors. Students who exhibit their Horse P.O.W.E.R. 80% of the time during each month will earn a P.OW.E.R. band and gain entrance into the P.O.W.E.R. activity. In order to earn a P.O.W.E.R. band, students must do the following at least 80% of the time during the month:
- Turn in their homework nightly or weekly (depending on grade level).
- Be on time for school and ready to learn.
- Follow the P.O.W.E.R. behavior standards in and out of the classroom.
- Behavior Citations or Suspensions automatically disqualify them from the band and incentive activity for the month.
(80% = each student having NO MORE than four infractions [a combination of tardies, missing homework, and behavior missteps] per month in any or all of the aforementioned areas. This will be explained in more detail at Back-to-School-Night).
I will be explaining the P.O.W.E.R. bands and incentive activities to the students at the annual Rules/Expectations Assembly, so your students are sure to come home excited about earning their bands and attending the fun-filled, incentive activities we have planned for them. Our PBIS plan will go into action the second week of school and students can start earning their P.O.W.E.R. bands.
We know you share our goal of providing a safe and positive learning environment for all of our students. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support as we continue to implement our PBIS plan at Mabel Paine Elementary.