Alton Elementary will be participating in an important initiative called Positive Behavior Support (PBS) during the 2018-2019 school year.
What is Positive Behavior Support?
PBS is designed to create a safer and more effective school. It is a systems approach designed to enhance the capacity of our school to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving our school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. PBS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. PBS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.
What is PBS at our school?
We have adopted a Comet Code, which is a unified set of expectations for behavior throughout the school. You will see this code posted throughout the school and your child will be learning the expectations during his or her first days at school. A copy of our Comet Code can be found in every classroom and non-classroom setting in the school. The Code states that "We are Alton Elementary Comets”. We show our Comet PRIDE when we are:
Respectful & Responsible
Make Good Decisions
Put Forth Your Best Effort
As part of our PBS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the right track, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:
Consistently teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
Provide students with more praise than correction.
Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.
If you have questions about Positive Behavior Support, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. For more information, visit our website and look in the PBS folder that can be found in the documents tab. We look forward to a wonderful year of teaching your child.