Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Three Pasco District Schools Win Gold

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (January 27, 2016) – Cypress, New River and Oakstead elementary schools have earned Gold medals from Florida’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Project.

A Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (PBIS:MTSS) Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS:MTSS. Specific characteristics of PBIS:MTSS Model Schools are their consistent methods of:
(1) utilizing their data to better serve the students and staff,
(2) teaching PBIS:MTSS to new students throughout the school year,
(3) creative and engaging reward systems,
(4) extending PBS:MTSS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and
(5) including PBS:MTSS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities.

Cypress Elementary School
Cypress Elementary focuses on catching students who are being respectful, responsible, and safe.  When students are caught being good they receive a Cub 100 ticket on which they write their names, and 20 random tickets are drawn each Friday on the morning news.  The students earn a prize and are entered into a random opportunity to participate in a mystery motivator.

The PBIS committee meets monthly to analyze behavior data and create action plans for students needing additional modeling.  Staff and peer mentors provide support and encouragement for students who are at risk based on Pasco’s Early Warning System risk indicators.  A check-in/check-out system is also in place to help at-risk students have successful days.  Cypress staff and bus drivers are also celebrated for their encouragement of students following our school wide expectations.

New River Elementary School
New River Elementary has a schoolwide matrix that supports being safe, responsible, and respectful in all areas of the school. It uses visual images for younger students and is in written form for all students, so no matter where you go on the campus everyone is able to know and support the positive behavior expectations. These school-wide expectations also transition to a school-wide reward system.  Every student can earn MALL MONEY for positive behaviors, which can be spent quarterly at the Shoppes of New River.  This shopping system is conducted by the 5th graders, who sell items they no longer want or need to younger students.  Their profits are in Mall Money and are saved in an account that is cleared at the end of the year at the 5th grade auction.

The PBIS committee meets monthly to analyze behavior data and plan for solutions for students who need additional support.  Staff and peer mentors provide support and encouragement for students who are at risk based on Pasco’s Early Warning System risk indicators.  A check-in/check-out system is also in place to help at-risk students be successful in school.

Oakstead Elementary School
Oakstead Elementary staff works to teach the expectations and rules to students explicitly and uses visual reminders throughout the school including posters with pictures to show the rules and expectations.  They also work as a whole staff, in every department, to form mentorships with students who need extra behavior support, based on data from the district’s Early Warning System indicators.  These positive relationships promote excellent progress for Oakstead students.


Florida’s PBI Model Schools Project
Florida’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Project recognizes Model Schools at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels.  Schools may choose to apply for any level award. Each Model School will receive a certificate and recognition on Florida’s Positive Behavior Supports Project web site.  New model schools also will receive a banner to display their award status, and returning model schools will receive a sticker to add to their existing banner.