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Six UCPS schools receive PBIS award

Indian Trail Principal Candice Boatright is presented a PBIS banner by Director of Programs for Exceptional Children Dr. Lori Cauthen and Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Programs Dr. John A. Jones. (Below) Sardis Elementary Principal Margaret Proctor, Shiloh Elementary Principal Scott Spencer, East Union Principal Dr. Ken Hoover, Monroe Middle Principal Dr. Mike Harvey and Sun Valley Middle School Principal Vicki Merritt receive their banners.

The North Carolina Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Initiative has designated three UCPS elementary schools and three middle schools as a Model School for the school year 2012-2013.

Indian Trail, Sardis and Shiloh Elementary Schools and East Union, Monroe and Sun Valley Middle Schools have been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for their efforts in intervention practices and establishing the social culture, learning and teaching environment, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students.

Indian Trail Elementary Principal Candice Boatright, Sardis Elementary Principal Margaret Proctor, Shiloh Elementary Principal Scott Spencer, East Union Middle Principal Dr. Ken Hoover, Monroe Middle School Principal Dr. Mike Harvey and Sun Valley Middle School Principal Vicki Merritt were presented PBIS banners during a recent principals’ meeting.

"We are very proud of being named a PBIS Model School," Spencer said. "This designation reflects a strong commitment to student success from everyone in our building. Through the use of PBIS, we are able to reward students for their great 'Bulldog behavior' while at the same time, remind students of our expected behaviors. The result is a positive and nurturing learning environment through the Shiloh campus."

Candice Boatright, principal at Indian Trail Elementary School, has similar comments. "PBIS gives our students a common language when it comes to expectations throughout our building," she said.

"In our 'Timberwolf world' at Indian Trail, all of our students know what it means to be 'a part of the pack.' We have PACK procedures in the hallways, cafeteria, classrooms and restrooms. Our students demonstrate their understanding of the PACK acronym by Participating, Acting safely, Cooperating and showing Kindness. 

"PBIS is a positive system that works for us at the Trail," Boatright added. "The recognition with the award validates our time spent with staff development and working hard to make sure we are consistent with our expectations. We are proud to hang our banner in our school!"

Director of Programs for Exceptional Children Dr. Lori Cauthen and Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Programs Dr. John A. Jones made the presentations to elementary school principals, while Cauthen and Middle School Education Director Dr. Laurel Healy made the presentations to middle school principals.

According to information released by DPI, schools that implement PBIS fully “can expect to become more efficient and consistent with behavior management, use preventative measures to decrease unwanted behavior, experience a shift in attention to appropriate behaviors, and witness a positive climate and philosophy change.”

Read more about the North Carolina PBIS Initiative and its state recognition program.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 22, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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