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Falcon Pride at CMS

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Positive Behavior Support (PBS) gives people a new way to think about behavior. PBS is based on understanding why problem behaviors occur- the behavior's function. This approach to behavior can occur on a school-wide level, in a specific setting, classroom, or with an individual student. PBS is the application of evidence-based strategies and systems to assist schools to increase academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish positive school cultures. On an individual level, PBS uses a functional behavior assessments to understand the relationship between a student's behavior and characteristics of his or her environment. The functional behavior assessment identifies multiple strategies to effectively reduce problem behavior including changing systems, altering environments, teaching skills, and focusing on positive behaviors. The PBS process results in the creation of effective intervention plans that will impede problem behaviors, teach new skills and create support systems for the student.

On a school-wide level, PBS relies on accurate and reliable discipline referral data to understand the behaviors occurring across campus. An analysis pf the data allows a school team to identify the problem areas, brainstorm interventions such as where and what to teach, reward the students exhibiting the expected behavior, and communicate findings to the staff, students, and families. The PBS process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professional from a variety of discipline regardless of the level implemented.

PBS provides a positive and effective alternative to the traditional methods of discipline. PBS methods are research-based proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in the school, resulting in a more positive school climate and increased academic performance. PBS is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which advocates behavior interventions and school-based disciplinary strategies that reduce or eliminate the need for suspension and expulsion as disciplinary options.

What is it at Conway?

A School-Wide Positive Behavior Support through P.R.I.D.E. is utilized at every grade level. This environmental approach enhances the development of effective interventions to educate students and provide reinforcement-based strategies for students to achieve meaningful and durable behavior and lifestyle outcomes.

What does it look like at Conway?

In sixth grade:

  • Paper “High-5’s” are distributed by staff members to students who demonstrate PRIDE characteristics on campus during the school day
  • Students turn in High-5’s to redeem:
    • special privileges
    • PRIDE Market (tangible items)
    • rewards (such as ice cream party)
    • raffles (resulting in a reward)

In seventh grade:

  • Paper “Falcon Dollars” are distributed by staff members to students who demonstrate PRIDE characteristics on campus during the school day
  • Students turn in Falcon Dollars to redeem:
    • special privileges
    • PRIDE Market (tangible items)
    • rewards (such as ice cream party)
    • raffles (resulting in a reward)

In eighth grade:

  • Students who demonstrate PRIDE earn privileges according to student performance based on:
    • subject grades, conduct, attendance, lack of discipline referrals, behavior on their buses, and extra-curricular activities.
  • An “Honor Card” sticker, which is placed on the back of the ID, is awarded to students attaining certain point criteria which is reviewed every 4 ½ weeks for the first semester and every 9 weeks for the second semester.
  • Sample privileges earned are:
    • exclusive lunch, extended media center use, discounted snacks offered at lunch, restroom use without planner, etc.
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