Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

  • At Spalding STEM Academy, students will experience …..

    Spalding’s excellent team of teachers and staff work to create a positive and effective learning environment for our students. We have adopted positive
    behavior interventions and supports system (PBIS). Our expectations focus on being safe, on task, always doing your best and respect. Fifth grade students are trained as Peace Makers to provide leadership to younger students and families to understand school behavior expectations. PBIS increases student engagement and academic performance while reducing problem behaviors. We have high expectations for all our students and enjoy being able to acknowledge those who continually strive for excellence.

    Behavior expectations are summed up in our schoolwide “SOAR” acronym. These behaviors are positive skills that apply to all kinds of social interactions that our students will face as they grow. 

    S = Safety First!  This behavior provides a learning environment that allows students to feel that they are valued and safe as they explore ideas and practice new skills. 

    O = On Task!  Those who apply themselves to the learning tasks presented each day are students who are making the progress that will help them to be successful all through school and beyond. 

    A = Always Do Your Best!  We recognize that students are individuals, with their own specific learning styles and needs. As teachers invest in providing learning opportunities to meet students’ needs, we expect that students will respond by doing their best work at attending, participating, and practicing their new
    skills and concepts. 

    R = Respectful!  An attitude of respect allows each person in the school community to work together for the common goal of learning. Respect toward staff, peers, and property will keep students focused on the new opportunities that come each day. Likewise, staff members who respect their colleagues and the students they work with will provide the kind of learning environment that makes each student feel valued.

    How are these positive behaviors taught?
    Students are taught positive, school wide expectations by all teachers and student-led video announcements. Each day, students are presented with situations that offer practical and immediate opportunities for learning positive behaviors. Teachers and other staff members present these skills as positive lessons, rather than
    making negative statements about what students may not do or how students should not behave. Behaviors for specific practices, like how to show respect during an assembly, are taught prior to the event, giving students the tools to succeed when they are in the “real” situation.

    Positive behaviors are reinforced through recognizing students through Student of the Month assemblies, SOAR stickers, verbal acknowledgements for making positive choices, and class compliments. Problem behaviors are addressed by providing support for the individuals involved, making the problem behaviors less effective, and using each incident as a learning opportunity. Although problem behaviors do come with consequences, our focus is on “catching” those students who are
    exhibiting positive behaviors.

    For more information, see www.pbis.org.