New Program at Jefferson Primary School

Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia has implemented a new behavior system this school year. The program is referred to as Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS). The established school goals are: be safe, be kind and be ready. To achieve these goals, PBIS focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior of all students. It is a proactive system approach of prevention and response to classroom and school discipline issues. Emphasis is on developing and maintaining safe environments where teachers can teach and students can learn. Students receive a “Big Buck” when they are caught being good and following school rules. “Big Bucks” are used to purchase items at the school store. At the beginning of the school year, students rotated through various learning stations to familiarize themselves with rules and expectations. A Lego structure was then built to represent the school. Students added a block to the building to represent their promise to “be the best in all they do” and to make Jefferson School a great place to go to school.

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