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SASD Schools Recognized for Success with PBIS
Many schools in the Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) have been honored by the Wisconsin PBIS Network for accomplishing tremendous work through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  Sheridan Elementary School received the highest recognition as a School of Distinction. This is the third year in a row that Sheridan Elementary School has been recognized by the Wisconsin PBIS Network. The last two years, Sheridan has been recognized as a School of Merit.

Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson, and Pigeon River Elementary Schools have been selected as Schools of Merit. This is the third consecutive year that Grant Elementary School has been recognized by the PBIS Network and second year that Jefferson Elementary School has been recognized.

Seth Harvatine, Director of Instructional Services in the Sheboygan Area School District said, “Our staff has done an exceptional job in establishing the behavioral supports and school culture needed for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. The success of PBIS requires the involvement of every staff member and these recognitions reflect the on-going positive efforts of our dedicated staff. We are especially proud that our schools are recognized at the state level for their excellence. ”

Over 1,000 schools in Wisconsin are trained in PBIS and only 149 were named Schools of Merit and only 88 as Schools of Distinction.

In addition, the Wisconsin PBIS Network has also recognized 14 of SASD elementary and middle schools as exemplar for implementing PBIS with fidelity.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide systematic approach for teaching and supporting appropriate school behavior. PBIS acknowledges students who display appropriate behaviors and offers increasing levels of support for students who are having difficulty. Staff members teach and re-teach the expectations, as they would with an academic subject area.

Teaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of a school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. Overall, this will improve the learning environment for our students. Research shows that when behavior issues are decreased, academic performance increases.

Starting in the fall, the majority of SASD schools will be implementing the PBIS framework as outlined in Goal 2 in the SASD Long Range Plan, PBIS will be fully implemented in all schools by the 2014-15 school year.

Schools will receive their awards at the Wisconsin PBIS Summer Leadership Conference.

For more information on PBIS in the Sheboygan Area School District, visit our website at
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
July 16, 2013