Positive Behavior Support

March 2010
Maine East - Ms. Marianne Protess & Ms. Meagan Witt
Foundation Award - $500

Maine East is currently working to implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and has been in the planning stage for the past 2 years. One of the major issues examined by the PBIS committee is the negative academic impact on students who do not arrive on time to school. Currently, an average of 5% of students (or 100 students) are tardy to school each day. In addition, data from Fall Semester 2010 indicates that there were twice as many failures due to lack of attendance during 1st period than any other period of the day. As a result of this information, the Maine East PBIS committee is planning to pilot a system of positive supports for on time behavior. 

All Maine East students will be involved in this pilot program, which will involve a competition among grade levels for the highest percentage of on time students. (Please see the attached outline of the competition for details). As a part of this competition, it is necessary to put in place a system of positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is an essential component of changing behavior and of PBIS ,because teaching alone is no enough; we also need to regularly reinforce students for following expectations. An additional benefit is that by increasing the number of positive interactions between staff members and students, we are improving the school climate.
In addition to the grade level competition, there will be intermittent positive reinforcement in the form of a bi-weekly raffle.

Students, we want you to be on-time to school; however, as things currently stand, over 100 of our students are, on average, late to school each day. 

We’ve set up a game called “The Great Punctuality Race,” which is essentially a class vs. class horse race to the end of the year. The class with the best on-time performance by the last week of May will receive a very special prize...TBA! Your class can advance up to three points every week. Here’s how it works: 

Each class with an “on-time” record of 99% or higher will get three advancement points (a “gallop”), 97% to 98.9% gets two points (a “trot”), 95% to 96.9% gets one point (a walk); anything less than 94.9% will not get any points (a “sleep”). 
The results from the week before will be announced the following Tuesday, and a graphic depicting the progress of each class’ horse, whether that horse be galloping, trotting, walking, or sleeping, will appear on the school’s TV monitors. 

What’s at Stake? The winning class will receive a “pizza and ice cream social” during the first week of June, courtesy of Mr. Pressler, Mr. DiLegge, and Ms. Rutschke. As an added bonus, there will be a “Dunk-a-Dean” water tank. You won’t want to miss this one!