Two Exeter schools to keep things paws-itive
“Give me a Paw”, is heard in the morning as students walk into Lincoln Elementary School in Exeter each morning.
It is their morning high-five for being a great student at a school which has posted and practiced behavior expectations for all students and staff. Each school in Exeter Unified is dedicated to high academic achievement, school safety and making sure students feel connected.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) have been adopted throughout the district. Exeter Unified knows that introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important part 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 school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate and productive behavior is the norm.
Students are excited about making good choices and feeling positive about school and their environment. Tulare County Office of Education has selected Exeter Unified to be the first model district to train teams and measure the success of PBIS as a partner. Exeter Unified is grateful to the county office for their support in this endeavor.
After initial implementation last year, the rates of suspension decreased dramatically as well as reports of bullying.
Linda Montemayor, Principal at Rocky Hill exclaimed, “Students are doing an excellent job modeling positive behavior throughout campus. Our PBIS model is in connection with Character Counts. Students are asked ‘Are you being TRRFCC (terrific) at Rocky Hill School? Students are expected to model behavior that is trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring, and to be a great citizen.”
Each day is a great day in Exeter when you feel successful and connected as students and staff model and make good choices.
Wilson Middle School
Wilson Middle School is also implementing a PBIS (Positive, Behavior, Support and Intervention) system throughout the school site this year. The PBIS system includes defining and teaching school-wide behavior expectations, promoting positive behaviors through a system of incentives, and supporting students in their behaviors by providing a system of interventions and consequences. This plan is designed to assist our students in making good choices so that they can reach higher levels of academic achievement. As part of this work, our students developed the Wilson K.A.R.E Kreed, that outlines the rules of the school. At Wilson Middle School, our motto is “Wilson Warriors Kare- Everyday and Everywhere.
• K- Keep it clearn
• A- All People count
• R- Respect everybody and everything
• E- Education leads to greatness
During the first week of school students learned and practiced the behavior expectations in all common areas across campus. We also have arrows along our sidewalks to indicate the traffic patterns that students follow as they transition between classes. This helps our students travel expediently throughout the campus. Students will also have visual reminders for the school-wide expectations and procedures that will be posted in common areas across campus.
• We now have one main entry gate for Wilson Middle School students who walk or are dropped off at school. All students enter campus through Gate 1 off of Maple. This has allowed us to concentrate our supervision to the front of the campus and ensure that student safely enter and exit campus.