By HANNAH JOHNSON
Lily Lake Elementary School students on their best behavior.
They have plenty of incentive. Lily Lake Elementary is in its first year as a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) school. PBIS is a school-wide, comprehensive approach for not only improving school behavior, but also the school climate. By improving behavior, PBIS should also impact academic instruction and promote proactive behavior management.
The program is funded through a state grant that provides data collection software, evaluation tools and support and free training to the Lily Lake PBIS team and coach.
Lily Lake has set three primary expectations of its students: "Be Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn." Staff and the school-wide mascot, "Mr. RRRibbit" whose goal is to encourage students to "Leap into Learning", reinforce the "3 Rs".
If a student is "caught" following the rules, then they are rewarded with "RRRibbit Tickets," which are deposited in a box in the office for an occasional drawing for an educational prize and special honors. Plus, entire classes can earn a trophy for their class-wide good behavior.
The rules are posted throughout the schools, whether they are in the hallways, cafeteria, restrooms or playgrounds. Good behavior could be defined as showing good manners in the cafeteria by remembering to say "please" or "thank you" or sharing toys and equipment on the playground.
The program is a two to three year process to fully implement, but Principal Malinda Lansfeldt can already see a difference amongst students.
"We track the data and it’s made a really big difference. We can see that," Lansfeldt said. "We’re still working on it, but we can already see results."
By next year, Oak Park Elementary will also receiving funding to implement the program.
"We’re hoping even more schools will join," Lansfeldt said.