On January 8th and 9th, students at Longfellow Elementary School were in
full learning mode. As part of the school’s Positive Behavioral
Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, students were re-taught
expected school-wide behaviors in various locations within the building.
Referred to as the “Booster,” students went from station to station
participating in games, activities, on-line quizzes, and video clips
that provided students with examples of expected positive behavior. At
each of the stations, lessons started out by reminding students of the 3
R’s – respect self, respect others, and respect the environment - the
three expectations by which Longfellow students live and learn.
The 2011-12 school year started out with a PBIS “Kick-Off” in which students participated in similar activities that also included examples of respectful playground behavior. Teachers and staff continue to teach weekly “Cool Tool” lessons where one area of the school is reviewed and expected behaviors are re-taught.
Every month, students gather for a monthly PBIS assembly where expected school behaviors are reinforced with skits and stories presented by students and staff. A visit from the school’s mascot, Tiger Paws, is the highlight of each assembly. He often arrives with a sign that awards students who have been “respectful” for the month with a school-wide reward.
Parents and community members are invited to attend PBIS assemblies held on the last Tuesday of each month starting at 9:10 a.m. at Longfellow Elementary School.
Longfellow is in its third year of implementing PBIS. Since implementation, the school has seen a decrease in rule reviews and the severity of problem behaviors has decreased throughout the building. PBIS will be implemented in all schools by the 2014-15 school year, as outlined in the Sheboygan Area School District Long Range Plan