As we start second semester, the staff and I are going to start the process of moving to a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) school with the plan to have full implementation at the start of 2018-2019 school year. PBIS is a multi-tiered approach to teaching and supporting social skills, emotional well-being, and behavior. When fully implemented, PBIS improves social, emotional, and academic outcomes for every student. PBIS is already used at every elementary school and Indian Hills Junior High in West Des Moines.
What does this mean for this school year? We will spend the first two weeks of the second semester reviewing and practicing school expectations. We will share with students our response to inappropriate behavior, or poor choices, and work to do a better job highlighting our students who are following Stilwell’s Three Cornerstones: do the right thing, do your best, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Our goal is to create consistency throughout the building, provide clarity for all, and continue to grow the strong climate and culture we have here at Stilwell. If you have questions or want to learn more on how to support, please let us know. Thanks!