Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
PBIS: refers to a systems change process for an entire school or district. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. Typically, a team of approximately ten representative members of the school will attend a two or three day training provided by skilled trainers. This team will be comprised of administrators, classified, and regular and special education teachers. The school will focus on three to five behavioral expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, the school will focus on the preferred behaviors that encourage a safe learning environment.
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS: At Bradach the three behavioral expectations are to be safe, respectful and responsible. A matrix has been created that outlines what safe, respectful and responsible behavior looks like in key areas of the school, including the office, cafeteria, library, computer lab, bathroom, arrival and dismissal areas and the classroom. Students are taught the behavioral expectations in the first few weeks of school and go through a review of the expectations at least once a month and when they have acted in opposition of the matrix. Students who demonstrate safe, respectful and responsible behavior are given “bear hugs” which can include Bear Bucks, Bear Den passes, positive notes and phone calls home, Pawsome awards, Student of the Month, Top Bear and Principals Award.
BEAR PAW PLEDGE: Every day the students recite the Bear Paw Pledge: The Bradach Bears are a community of learners who are respectful of self and others, responsible for our academic achievement, and safe at all times.
STOP/WALK/TALK: At the beginning of the year, students are instructed how to use the STOP/WALK/TALK strategy to handle conflicts and situations where they might be experiencing bullying and adults are expected to reinforce the strategy throughout the year when they are handling student conflicts.
INTERVENTIONS: Students who do not behave according to the expectations participate in a variety of interventions. The first level of intervention is the Check In Check Out program which pairs the student with an adult mentor on campus. Each day the student meets with their mentor to discuss the behavior expectations for the day and then takes a behavior chart with them to class. If the student is behaving accordingly, they receive 2’s. If they slipped a little they receive a 1 and if they did not comply with the expectations at all, they receive a 0. At the end of the day, they check back in with their mentor, discuss what they could have done better and then take the sheet home with them to show their parents.
Students who are not successful on CICO, and need more intervention are invited to the SST process. During the SST meeting, recommendations may be made to have the student participate in WHY TRY, counseling, modified day, social groups, crisis intervention etc.
PBIS TEAM: The PBIS team is comprised of a group of certificated, classified and concerned community members who meet once a month to review discipline data, individual student cases and overall implementation of the PBIS program on the site.
Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible!
The Bradach Bears are a community of learners who are respectful of self and others, responsible for our behavior and academic achievement, and safe at all times.
Blue Paw Program
D. F. Bradach School is proud to participate in the Blue Dot Anti-Bullying Campaign that originated at William Mason High School in Ohio, but has spread throughout the nation. At Bradach, a blue paw on the classroom door means that a teacher has made a commitment to show students they care by making it a priority to speak to them about issues they are having on campus or in their personal life. In addition to the teaching staff, administration, security, cafeteria, custodial and para-professional staff have also joined the movement.
Students who demonstrate safe, respectful and responsible behavior are recognized with Bear Bucks, positive phone calls and postcards home, Pawsome awards, Top Bear awards and student of the month certificates. Students are recognized monthly at our Pawesome Student assembly.
The Bear Store
Students who demonstrate safe, respectful and responsible behavior will earn Bear Bucks. Bear Bucks may be spent at The Bear Hollow Trading Post, a student store. Students are able to purchase school supplies, toys, stickers and other fun treats.