I shared a brochure in the August letter to parents describing our new ideas for accentuating the PAWsitive behavior of our students. A team of BES educators participated in training opportunities last year and attended an institute in June to learn about and design a program using Positive Behavior Interventions and Support strategies (http://pbsvermont.org/home). PBIS complements the extensive work that the BES community has done using Responsive Classroom (http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/) and we've put a lot of thought into how to weave both approaches together to design a strong "Positive Learning Environment". Although it's early into our process, our work has already gained attention and our PBIS team has been asked to present at a state conference in October.
Students will be excited to learn at our first assembly in September about Bobcat's involvement in this effort! They will have opportunities to earn "Bobcat Bling" when they demonstrate positive behavior which will be added to a school-wide collection. 500 bling = 1 paw print. You will see on our website a new link to a web page called "Bobcat Map". Our first destination is the Lawrence Memorial Library. It will take 10 paw prints to get there and when we virtually "arrive" we will celebrate!
Watch for signs of Bobcat during the first couple weeks of school all around the building! The adventure begins on September 13th!