PBIS: Year Four
Cannon Falls Elementary is very excited to build upon the
success of our first three years of PBIS implementation. The whole school has
been a part of the PBIS initiative, creating a more peaceful, respectful
learning environment throughout the school. We look forward to another
successful year of PBIS at Cannon Falls Elementary as we strive to increase
respect for everyone at our school!
Cannon Falls Schools keeps it R.E.A.L!
Respect + Effort + Attitude = LEARNING!
Cannon Falls Elementary School is proud to practice
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Through the
generosity of an implementation grant provided by the Minnesota Department of
Education, a leadership team is receiving two years of training in developing
our PBIS system and will continue to receive access to ongoing professional
development activities and support.
and adults at our school treat each other with respect and take responsibility
for our learning and actions within a safe and positive school environment. The
people at Cannon Falls Area Elementary show respect, good effort, and a positive
attitude so everyone can learn.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is
a framework from which good behavior is systematically described and taught
through expectations and rewarded when observed. An example is a teacher
complementing a student who is walking quietly in the hall instead of verbally
quieting other students.
- Direct teaching of positive, expected behaviors in all locations of the building.
- Frequent positive reinforcement of behavioral expectations.
- Public acknowledgement of positive behavior.
- Consistent consequences for rule violations.
PBIS exists to improve school-wide pro-social behavior, by implementing consistent wording and expectations for all staff to use when reinforcing positive behaviors. The expectation is to witness gradual improvement of social behavior in all students and staff throughout our school as well as the community of Cannon Falls. Our school strives to "Keep It R.E.A.L!" when it comes to PBIS!
There are behavior expectations for the
hallways, cafeteria, commons areas, bathrooms, classrooms, buses, and
recess playgrounds as well as other smaller environments. These expectations
are taught to children and all staff members. All expectations focus on
respect, effort, and attitude. From bus drivers and lunchroom helpers to
teachers, all follow the same set. After expectations have been taught, the
PBIS leadership team in our school evaluates discipline referrals to determine
where additional lessons – cool tools – should be focused.
Students and staff at Cannon Falls Elementary
are recognized for meeting behavior expectations through praise and the
distribution of Keep It R.E.A.L! tickets. If your child mentions that s/he
earned a Keep It R.E.A.L! ticket or even brings it home to show you, give them
a high five and ask them to tell you how they earned it. You'll enjoy learning
about how they follow the rules at school.
Children are encouraged to put their Keep it R.E.A.L! tickets in our weekly school-wide drawings. If drawn, they'll get their picture in our local newspaper The Beacon as well as our website. Eventually, they may also earn a place on the wall of fame, or other incentives such as a speed pass for the lunch line, VIP seating during assemblies, or their photo taken with the staff member of their choice.
The big award comes when an entire class earns a
"Keep It R.E.A.L!" Ticket – classrooms are in competition with each
other to see who can get the most. These certificates can be seen displayed in many
Also, our students participate in Celebrations
of Good Behavior every twelve weeks to mark their successes. After reaching certain school-wide goals, there
will be school-wide celebrations, including "Drop Everything And
Read" time, math games, and special science activities, as well as fun and
exciting assemblies to thank our students for always being well-behaved!