Dear families of Rolling Hills,
As many of you know, Rolling Hills began implementation of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) initiative several years ago. The purpose of the PBIS initiative is to establish and maintain effective school environments that maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners in Colorado. This competence is gained as a result of school personnel and families working together to provide a continuum of support for all learners. Several key elements of PBS are:
- A common purpose and a positive approach to discipline
- A clear set of positive expectations and behaviors
- Procedures for teaching and encouraging expected behaviors
- Procedures for discouraging inappropriate behaviors
- Data used to guide decision making and planning
- Emphasis on prevention of inappropriate behaviors
We have three school-wide expectations which are posted throughout the building and discussed frequently with students. These expectations are be SAFE, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE. It is our goal to be very specific with students as to the behaviors that will allow them to be SAFE, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE within each area of the school. This creates a framework for behavioral success, as well as an accountability structure for students and staff.
This effort has been, and always will be, a joint effort between the school and its surrounding community. Much of the great work which aligns with PBIS is done at home by all of you, and we thank you for those contributions. It is a pleasure to be serving with you in developing the social and behavioral competencies of our youth.
We hope you will take some time at the beginning of this new school year journey and discuss with your child the importance of positive behavior in school and in the world at large. Please see the attached Behavior Matrix included in this newsletter which outlines behavior expectations for all students in all areas of our school. It is a map for success at Rolling Hills! Also included in this newsletter is a copy of our student referral form which a student can receive when violating any of these school or classroom rules. It is our goal to have students experience great success at Rolling Hills and a large part of that is the partnership school and home has around our behavior expectations.
Lastly, your child may come home filled with excitement for a variety of reward systems we have in place at Rolling Hills to reward children for excellent behavior. Tiger paws (classes earn tiger paws from other teachers in the building who notice super class behavior / classes are awarded prizes for every 25 tiger paws a class earns), tiger stickers (earned by individual students for exhibiting great behavior and can be awarded by any adult in the building as well as their classroom teacher), tiger tickets (raffle tickets filled out for every tiger sticker a child earns / tickets go into a monthly drawing for a special brain break with Mrs. Thurber), and Golden Paws ( a special paw a class can earn from a substitute teacher who has a wonderful experience at RHL / Golden Paws are worth 5 regular paws!). If your child comes home excited about any of these rewards, please do share in their excitement as they are a BIG deal at RHL.
As always, thank you for all you do! We look forward to an amazing and successful year learning and growing as people!
Mrs. Thurber – Assets Teacher / PBIS coordinator at RHL