Monday, August 25, 2014

Kicking off a year of PBIS

Komensky was recently honored by the Illinois PBIS Network, achieving GOLD status for our implementation of PBIS.  PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a school-wide program focusing on creating a positive school environment and putting necessary supports into place when a student needs behavioral supports.  To learn more about GOLD status, click here.

One of the most important pieces of PBIS is the need to establish clear expectations and make them well-known at the start of the school year.  At Komensky, we've adopted the following expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Be a Komensky Lion.  This morning, all of our students participated a series of rotations that demonstrated what each of these expectations looked like in various settings throughout the school including hallways, the playground, and bathrooms.  For example, students learned that in order to be respectful on the playground, we take turns playing with recess equipment and keep our hands to ourself.  In bathrooms, we learned that we are safe when we wash our hands and properly throw away our paper towels.  By spending the time to teach expectations upfront, we know that students are more successful throughout the school year.

Here are a few pictures of today's events:

Ms. Lopez reviews the 4 B's with students during an all-school assembly.
Students assist Mr. Kozin with the explanation of hallway expectations.

Mrs. Arenas demonstrates behavioral expectations on the playground.

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