From the Principal
As mentioned before, our school has been implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) this year. The goal is to maintain the positive learning environment that exists at Cherry Brook and improve it by having clear and consistent expectations for students. In December, I shared with you information about “High Fives” as one of the ways we point out the positive choices students make. With a formalized positive recognition process in place, our next step with the implementation of PBIS is to collect data on students that need more guidance in making better choices.
Our staff has begun utilizing “Incident Referral Forms” (IRF) to document when more specific, directive action than is typically used to get students to follow the behavioral expectations. If students are not following one of our school expectations (Kind, Safe, Responsible), supervising staff will provide clear feedback about expected behaviors to help the student make a proper choice. If the student is still unable to correct their behavior, the staff member may choose to document the child’s behavior, interventions that have taken place and what consequences were put into place. The goal is to help the school gather data on areas that may benefit from improvement with school wide modifications. The modifications could be reteaching expectations for students, a change in approach to certain areas or school-wide problem solving to decrease repeated poor behavior. We began to use this process last week and, like any new procedures, we are working out the kinks to make it work for Cherry Brook students and staff. I’m sure more information will come from your child’s teacher as all of us become more comfortable with the process.
Our goal is to maintain a positive, healthy learning environment for everyone and we always welcome the opportunity to try and enhance our school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.