Steve Vitto MAISD MIBLSI PBIS 2010 Spring Newsletter

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  • 1. ISSUE #3 MiBLSi PBIS Newsletter Spring 2010 Welcome! Inside This Issue Welcome to the 2010 MIBLSI/PBIS Newsletter We hope you have had a great 2010 school year and that your MIBLSI and PBIS at Wesley School 2 PBIS efforts are going strong. In traveling the county, observing and talking PBIS at You-Turn 3 to staff, students, and families in our participating schools, we have been con- tinually impressed with your teamwork and hard efforts in creating positive MiBLSI Cohort 6 4 preventative behavior cultures in your schools. We recognize that these are hard times and know that it will take dedicated people like yourselves to sus- Participating Schools tain the successes you have achieved in the face of economic adversity. At the ISD, the MIBLSI/PBIS Support Team is proud to be working with your Beach Elementary (Fruitport) schools and wants to continue to pledge our support in any way that we can. Beachnau Elementary (Ravenna) We are welcoming two new Cohort 6 MIBLSI schools (Reeths-Puffer Central Bluffton Elementary (Muskegon) and Mona Shores Churchill elementaries), and outlining the efforts of two Campbell Elementary (Mona Shores) specialized education programs initiating PBIS initiatives (i.e., the You Turn Program for Expelled Youth and The Wesley School Program for Students Cardinal Elementary (Orchard View) with Developmental Disabilities). We will also provide focus articles on col- Central Elementary School (Reeths- Puffer) laborative teamwork, advanced applications of SWIS, new information from Churchill Elementary (Mona Shores) SWIS facilitators, samples of classroom positive incentive systems., and a Edgewood Elementary (Fruitport) sample of decisions that school teams have made using their SWIS data. Once Edgewood Elementary (Muskegon Heights) again, thank you for you support!!! Lincoln Park Elementary (Mona Shores) Loftis Elementary (Muskegon Heights) Steven Vitto, M.A., CCII, Behavior Consultant & Newsletter Editor Marquette Elementary (Muskegon) Latesha Johnson, Administrative Assistant, Editing Support & Production Martin Luther King (Muskegon Heights) McLaughlin Elementary (Muskegon) McMillan (Reeths Puffer) Muskegon Heights Middle School Nelson Elementary (Muskegon) Nims Elementary (Muskegon) Oakview Elementary (Muskegon) Orchard View Early Elementary Orchard View Middle School Reeths-Puffer Elementary Roosevelt Elementary (Muskegon Heights) Shettler Elementary (Fruitport) Wesley School You-Turn Please send questions, comments, PBIS photos, videos, and celebrations to: svitto@muskegonisd.org
  • 2. Page 2 PBIS at Wesley School Wesley School Implements SW-PBIS Mike Jones, Wesley SCI Classroom Teacher As part of school-wide initiatives, Wesley School, a center-based spe- cial education program in Muskegon, MI, has implemented School Wide- Positive Behavior Supports. While SW-PBIS is primarily focused on the general education setting, Wesley has striven to adapt the model to a center- based format. Other schools around the state have successfully done so, including Highland Pines, in Caro, Michigan. Wesley’s program features a STAR acronym focusing on safety, respon- sibility, doing your best, and respect throughout various locations in the school. Students can become Wesley’s Stars and have their picture placed outside of the principal’s of- fice by being ‘caught’ in the act of meeting a STAR expectation. In early fall, Wesley school had a school-wide staff kick off of the pro- gram. During the kick off, staff mem- bers created PBIS bulletin boards throughout the school that featured the STAR expectations. As well, the PBIS Team posted signs and banners in the hallways and entrances. Since the staff kick off, Wesley Wesley’s PBIS Team school has implemented a STAR cou- pon system and, presented an original Emily Basse, Michael Bausano, video and song created by Emily Pam Davis, Shannon Delora, Basse and Steve Vitto, during a stu- Katie Ellis, Barb Flahive, dent assembly. Each month, over the rest of the Megan Fox, Ann-Marie Holmes, school year, Wesley school will focus Mike Jones, Tom Miller, on one area and emphasize the expec- Sue Ochs, Steven Vitto, tations. During February, Wesley focused on being a STAR in the hall- Michelle Wheeler way. Wesley school looks forward to suc- cessfully implementing SW-PBIS and initial results indicate that the program is both positive and success- ful.
  • 3. Page 3 Bringing PBIS to the You-Turn Program Creating a Preventative Culture for Expelled Youth Steve Vitto, M.A., Behavior Consultant AdrienneLanglois, Mercy Health Life Counseling Muskegon’s You Turn Program is a Along with administration, MAISD voluntary program for expelled stu- coaches and classroom staff Develyn dents living in Muskegon County. Howard and Marshea Couch, You Turn is planning for a Fall kick-off. You Turn is a collaborative program between Life Counseling and the The team has established their behav- Muskegon Area Intermediate School ior expectations ,the expectation ma- District (MAISD). It is housed in the trix and a referral form process, and Mercy Health Partners Life Counsel- is currently working on visual sup- ing Building. You Turn is embarking ports and a process for training stu- on a new journey with the expelled dents. The goal is that after their ex- youth that they serve. perience at You Turn, students will: Many of the students at You Turn  Have a positive relationship-based have had a long history of punish- view of authority figures. ment (lack of privilege, loss of cred- its, suspensions, detention or expul-  Learn how to resolve school and sion). By adopting a program-wide interpersonal conflicts in a success- Positive Behavior Support initiative ful manner. (PBIS) , the You Turn Program is  Recognize how varied staff ap- making an effort to replace punitive proaches effect their behavior. and reactive approaches with evi- dence-based proactive approaches  Become accountable for behavior such as; teaching expectations, estab- and understand that every action lishing relationship-based ap- has a consequence. proaches that focus on mutual re-  Recognize the benefit of creating/ spect, establishing pre-arranged con- maintaining a constructive home/ sequences that are restorative and YOU school relationship. meaningful, acknowledging student accomplishments through a system-  Successfully transition back to the atic incentive system, having one-on- school from which they were ex- one goal setting and progress moni- pelled, ultimately reducing office Take Responsibility Take Responsibility toring meetings, and using the data referrals, detention, suspension, Use Safe Responses Use Safe Responses collection tool School-Wide Informa- and retain a zero recidivism to the Respect Others tion System (SWIS) to determine the Respect Others You Turn Program. effectiveness of interventions. Under Never Stop Trying Never Stop Trying It is our hope that the students will the direction of Susan Cook and come back to the You Turn Program, Adrienne Langlois, and with the sup- not due to expulsion, but to share port of MAISD consultants Tina their success stories upon returning Harmon (Literary and Academics) to their school. and Steven Vitto (Behavior Support), You Turn has established a team ap- proach based on the PBIS school- wide model.
  • 4. Page 4 MiBLSi/PBIS PBIS in Action! MiBLSi/PBIS at Central Elementary Photos of Central and at Churchill Elementary By Mike Lyons, Principal Churchill By Mark Platt, Principal The Central Elementary Staff has The ROCK STAR program has been embraced the PBIS model to help a huge success at Churchill Elemen- create a safer and more effective en- tary! vironment for teaching and learning. ROCK STAR stands for: We feel we are well on our way to- wards implementing a consistent Really school-wide plan to improve our Outstanding ability to teach and support positive Churchill behavior for all students. Kids We have spent much of our first year building capacity as a staff. The Show kindness leadership team meets monthly to Take responsibility keep the process moving along by continually updating the staff on Act respectfully various initiatives we are working on Ready to learn and soliciting their input to create ownership. Discussions and collabo- ration have been healthy and produc- “ROCK” represents what the staff tive. Although there is still much to thinks of the kids and “STAR” are do to put the systems in place, as a the student expectations. staff we can celebrate the following The MiBLSi team created a behavior accomplishments: flipchart for teachers. The chart has  Identified School-wide Expecta- specific behavioral expectations for tions specific areas of the building. Staff  Development of our School-wide Churchill Rocks! has a behavior-teaching chart that mirrors the DIBELS progress- Teaching Matrix monitoring schedule. Each week  Creation of Lesson Plans to teach behaviors are retaught. The behavior School-wide Expectations expectations have been posted  Creation of Positive Behavior through out the hallways as well. Award The logo below is on the charts, the  Clearly defined and consistent SWIS tickets and the positive reward consequences tickets too.  Adoption of SWIS data system Central’s PBIS mascot Sparky says… “Be safe , be respectful & be responsible!” Students at Churchill Elementary are looking for this guy throughout the building. Central Elementary Staff