What Prints Do Your PAWS Make?
Wilder Is a PBIS School!
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Wilder fosters a positive school environment. Our school joins over 7,500 schools worldwide, including more than 700 in Colorado and 18 in LPS, which have implemented PBIS.
All 1st-5th grade students attended an assembly of PBIS at Wilder and were introduced or reminded of our Wilder Wildcat PAWS-itive behavior expectations:
P – Practice respect
A – Always be kind
W – Work Responsible
S – Stay Safe
From now until the end of the year, we will be focusing on behavioral expectations for all settings of the school (Bathroom, Playground, Cafeteria, and Hallways). The Wilder expectations (PAWS) will be clearly seen throughout the building on posters indicating appropriate behavior expectations for all settings. Students will be acknowledged by staff members for making appropriate choices (the expected PAWS “print”) through PAWS tickets. At the end of the week, students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will place their PAWS tickets into grade level buckets. One PAWS ticket will be drawn from each grade level class for a special prize. 3rd through 5th graders will have the opportunity to “spend” their PAWS at our famous PAWS store, twice a month.
Students will also participate in activities and lessons during the year which emphasize “PAWS” and the expected characteristics of a Wilder Wildcat. Our theme is, “What prints do your PAWS make?” We will continue to have skill words, definitions, and examples throughout the school year to help students learn how to follow the Wilder expectations and more importantly, put those skills in action!
So what is PBIS?
Research shows that teaching positive behavior along with acknowledgement of those expected behaviors is more effective than punishing negative behavior. Rather than a prescribed program or curriculum, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings.
For information about PBIS, see their website at http://www.pbis.org/ or contact Devon Reinert, Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 347-4954.