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Jefferson Starts New Positive Behavior Program

Jefferson Elementary School will be implementing the "Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program (PBIS)" school wide during the 2009-2010 school year. After a year of intense planning, Jefferson is ready to unveil its new proactive behavior support system. Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. This program will help the Jefferson staff and students reach their goal to create this environment on a daily basis.

One of the specific goals for the 2009-2010 school year is to encourage positive behaviors and interactions, while discouraging problem behaviors. This social culture will lead to a safe environment where students achieve academically and build positive relationships with each other and with adults. The foundation of the approach emphasizes teaching students the behaviors we expect to see, reminding them to use those behaviors, acknowledging them when they do, and correcting them when they do not.

The PBIS system has four components: a matrix of behavior expectations, lesson plans used to teach students the behavior expectations, tiger paws (an acknowledgment and reinforcement system) and discipline referral forms.

On August 26, 2009 during the Open House from 5:00-6:30 parents will receive a letter describing the PBIS program. Parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the PBIS program and to have an opportunity to ask any questions or express concerns about the PBIS program. Additional questions can be directed to the Jefferson School office at 459-3620.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
August 25, 2009