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Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) is an approach to teaching and supporting positive behaviors.  This schoolwide approach focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which students can learn. 

The purpose of schoolwide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. Schoolwide systems of support include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.  Research and evidence has found teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a positive approach and much more effective than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding

Classroom Expectations
Classroom rules varies among teachers, but all classroom rules are tied explicitly to the four main expectations of the school.

Safe, Inside and Out
On Time and On Task
Accept Responsibility
Respect Self, Others, and Property

Positive Reinforcement

  • All teachers have a plan for providing positive reinforcement in their classroom when students comply with rules.  All staff members give out Something to Celebrates to students based on their positive behavior. 
  • Each week, all of the Something to Celebrates are turned into the office.  Students from each grade level are randomly drawn.  Their names are announced on Monday afternoons, and they come to the office to receive a prize.
  • On Fridays, students are drawn to join the Eagle 200 Club. Principal Swanicke announces students’ names.  Students then come down to Principal Swanicke’s office to receive a number and prize.  Students then have their name on display on the Eagle 200 Club in the front office.  Prizes continue to be awarded to Eagle 200 Club winners until the board the is full.  Our goal is to complete the Eagle 200 Club twice each school year.

As needed throughout the year, the school, with support of PTA, will hold SOAR days to remind students of our schoolwide behavioral expectations.  

Bully Prevention
Nationally, the definition of bullying is being looked at by lawyers and educators.  Here at Sunrise, we value using the latest research.  Our definition of bullying is:

  • Aggressive behavior that involves unwanted negative actions
  • Involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time
  • Involves an imbalance of power or strength

We use the language:  stop, walk, talk

  • As Victims or Bystanders, students are encouraged to tell the perpetrator to STOP
  • If the aggressive behavior continues, they are taught to WALK away
  • If they continue to be bothered, they are to TALK to an adult

Consequences for Misbehavior
Students receive appropriate and timely consequences for inappropriate behavior.  Inappropriate behaviors are categorized as Minor or Major.  

Students are sent to the office for repeated minors or major offenses.  A repeated minor is when a student commits a minor behavior infraction, but does so repeatedly (3-4 times) as the teacher repeatedly attempts to help the student change the behavior.  Based on the teacher’s judgment, this may be during the course of a single lesson, day, or week.  If the teacher’s efforts are not successful, the student may be sent to the office for major or an Office Discipline Referral (ODR).

Other majors include physical aggression, sexual harassment, and racial issues.  Students complete the self-reflection form in the office.  If Principal Swanicke is available, she meets with the student after they are done writing.  If she is unavailable, she will meet with the student as soon as possible.  Parents/Guardians receive a phone call from the principal and copies of self-reflection forms if requested.

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