PBIS stands for Positive Behavior and Intervention Support. It is directly aligned with Response to Intervention (RtI).
“PBS organizes adults and students to create a social culture in schools that will encourage positive behaviors and interactions, while discouraging problem behaviors. This social culture will lead to a safer environment where students achieve academically and build positive relationships with each other and with adults.” -Illinois PBS Project
At Cracker Trail Elementary, we have the Mustang Must-Haves:
C - Courteous to all
T - Take Responsibility
E - Endeavor to Succeed
These Mustang Must-Haves exemplify the expectations of our students here at CTE. Our expectations are posted in a school-wide matrix, with area expectations posted in the designated areas. The expectations are explicitly taught to the students at the Student Expectations Kick-off, scheduled each fall.
The Mustang Manners Matter segment on WCTE directly teaches the students the expectations via staff-produced videos starring Cracker Trail students. Mustang Manners Matter serves as a daily reminder of the expectations for the students.
GOLD TICKET PLAN
Classrooms: Students will receive gold tickets for exemplary behavior in any area of the school. The tickets will be perforated. One part goes home, and the other part goes to the office to be used in a weekly or random drawing. Students seen taking tickets to the front office should be recognized and cheered by any and all staff member who sees them.
Cafeteria: Students will receive gold tickets for exemplary behavior in the cafeteria. These gold tickets will remain in the cafeteria and be placed in grade level buckets. On Thursdays, four names will be drawn from each grade level. The winners will be able to choose a friend to sit with them at the VIP table on Fridays. The VIP table will be located on the stage.
Additionally, buckets of books will be available for the last 10 minutes of the lunch period. Each table and bucket will be numbered and buckets will be rotated weekly. Students have the choice to read or put their heads down when they finish eating.
Scholar Dollars is the tool that we will use to recognize outstanding academic performance. Teachers will have these on hand in their classroom. Scholar dollars are earned when students excel in an academic area or on a test.
For example, if the children took a spelling test and 2 of your 22 students earned 100% they could be given a scholar dollar. Scholar dollars are for exemplary performances. Once 7 scholar dollars are earned the student can do one of two things – A) Pass into their teacher for 1 gold ticket, which gets put in the prize bucket in the office or B) Turn them into their teacher for one free homework pass- no homework for one night.
CLASSROOM BULLETIN BOARD
Each classroom is expected to reserve space on first bulletin board by the door or the very closest to the door. An example will be provided. Materials that must be on display:
- Classroom Rules poster (11x17)
- Bathroom Rules poster (11x17) – Display in bathroom
- Fence for hanging horseshoe group rewards
- School-wide pull card behavior management system
WHOLE-CLASS REWARDS "HORSESHOES"
This will be an incentive for the whole classroom, not an individual incentive. If the Whole Class is “caught” following CTE Expectations, any adult may give them a horseshoe. However, the classroom teacher may NOT hand horseshoes to their own classroom. Horseshoes will be displayed on the bulletin board on the fence.
Once a class receives 25 horseshoes, they will be rewarded with a popsicle party. Additionally, the 25 horseshoes will be taken down and turned in for a large golden horseshoe to display for recognition of the met goal.
PULL-CARD BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
A card system is to be utilized school wide. A behavior management pocket chart is provided for every class. This is to be displayed on the Bulletin Board.
The four cards in the pocket are Green, Yellow, Blue, and Red. Green (Good Behavior), Yellow (Warning & loss of privilege such as recess), Blue (Reflect in another classroom), Red (Parent contact). If behavior persists, write a referral and contact Administration.
Each bus driver will report students’ behavior on a daily chart collected weekly. The chart will have three faces: frown, neutral, and smiley. The buses that receive all smiley faces for the week will be in the running for Bus of the Week. The Bus of the Week will be announced during Monday’s morning announcements on WCTE. At the end of the month, all 4 winners will be entered in a drawing for Bus of the Month. The Bus of the Month will receive popsicles (right before they leave on bus on determined afternoon).
No minor infraction forms will be used this year, only referrals.
There will not be quarterly events – we will have a beginning of the year kick off and have an end of the year event for the students who did not earn referrals ALL year.
CTE is working towards being a Gold PBiS recognized campus. By working together as one team, faculty and children should have a clear understanding of the expectations and be able to recite them to site-visiting persons. For example, the “The Cracker Trail Pledge: Cracker Trail Mustangs promise to be courteous to all, take responsibility, and endeavor to succeed!”