Shenandoah Elementary has implemented an important district initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for ALL students and ALL staff in ALL settings. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.
We have adopted a unified set of expectations school-wide. These expectations are posted throughout the school. Each morning students recite the following pledge reiterating our expectations.
The Mustang Way Pledge
I will follow the Mustang Way.
I will be respectful.
I will be responsible.
I will be safe.
It will be a GREAT DAY!
As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. We do the following when teaching academics and behavior:
Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
Provide students with more praise than correction.
Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.
Students earn Mustang Way tickets for exhibiting respectful, responsible, and safe behaviors. Each week students’ names go into a drawing for special rewards chosen by the student. Some of these include lunch with the principal, no shoes in the classroom, chewing gum for a day, sitting in the teacher’s chair, or lunch in the classroom.
We also have monthly celebrations for students that have shown positive behavior. These celebrations have included Just Dance, cookie decorating, sidewalk chalk, and rootbeer floats!
With positive, safe, consistent, and predictable practices and expectations, all students can excel in the learning environment.