Simsbury High School The Trojan Code “Know the Code”
Why Now? • We needed to: • Respond to teachers’ concerns regarding student behavior and school culture • Continue what was started at the elementary and middle school level • Clearly communicate behavioral expectations • Emphasize positive interactions and behaviors • Recognize students on a regular basis for doing the right thing
Why do we need it? • The mission of SHS is to help students realize his/her potential by learning the knowledge, skills and behaviors that promote both personal fulfillment and civic responsibility. • SHS Core Values and Beliefs – School Culture • All members of the school community demonstrate honor, respect and responsibility in their actions and decisions.
SHS Statement of Behavior Simsbury High School cultivates an environment that values excellence and ethical behavior in all its members. Our focus on a positive school culture is the foundation of SHS.
SHSThe Trojan Code • Behavioral Expectations: • Respectful – showing consideration or appreciation for people’s thoughts, feelings, requests, ideas and property • Honorable – acting with honesty, fairness, and with integrity • Responsible – being accountable for one’s actions as well as being reliable and dependable
Place Specific and Clearly Defined • Academic Setting • Hallway • Cafeteria • Sporting Events • Assemblies • School Grounds • Restroom • Bus
Thank You Program • Trojan Code Tickets with weekly drawings for students and teachers • Quarterly drawings for honor roll, perfect attendance, and no disciplinary referrals • Trojan Code Pledge (Honor Code) with transcript designation • Thank You Thursdays – positive recognition during announcements • Other opportunities during class meetings, school announcements and local news publications • Positive postcards to send home to parents with address labels in each of the faculty rooms
4th Quarter Pilot Spring 2011: Perfect attendance for students and teachers Spring 2012: CICO • Student incentives: prom tickets, yearbooks, parking space, senior portrait sitting, fall sports pass, gift cards, choice of open study period, etc. • Teachers: choice of duty and choice of prep period • Tier 2 pilot – CICO with 4 students
Structuresin Place: • Monthly Trojan Code meetings – working meetings • Monthly School Culture meetings - TC reports out here to a larger group • Monthly Data team meetings • Faculty meeting and professional development time • Monthly student committee meetings • Trojan Tickets/Thank You Program • Trojan Code Blasts (weekly) • 2012 – 2013: Expansion of SHS Connect through grade 11 with monthly Trojan Code focus
Professional Development Sessions • Interdisciplinary groups • Focused on: • What is PBIS and how can it work in our school • Developing and defining behavior statement and expectations • Creating the matrix • Revising the office discipline referral form • Revising course syllabi to include the Trojan Code expectations • Data updates • PBISWorld.com • Evalution of the program
Beginning of the year roll-out • Professional development session for teachers in August • Two class meetings during the first week of school • Weekly discussions during SHS Connect (advisory)
Current Challenges • Keeping the momentum going: booster sessions, pep rallies for winter and spring sports, class meetings, student videos, weekly e-mail blasts, Trojan Code Sports Night • Funding for Thank You Program: grant from SPTC, budgeted for 2012-2013, no or low cost incentives • Loss of faculty meeting and professional development time: time in February and future faculty meetings • Class cutting: data indicates this is our biggest issue: student survey, revision of consequences • Development of Tier 2: analyzing what practices we have in place, piloting CICO, continued PD with CREC
By the Numbers: • As of March 30: • 8.88% received 1 referral (tier 1) • 7.35% received 2-6 referrals (tier 2) • 5.57% received >6 referrals (tier 3) • Total number of referrals is 2411 • 66% of all referrals are for class cutting
Students with IEPS: • 378 of our 2411 referrals come from students with IEPs • 15.68% of total referrals come from the 8.57% of the population that has an IEP • Grade 9 3.11% of total referrals • Grade 10 5.18% of total referrals • Grade 11 2.20% of total referrals • Grade 12 5.18% of total referrals
On a POSITIVE note: • 793 students (50%) pledged the Trojan Code • 823 Trojan Code Tickets were turned in during quarter 1 to 423 (25%) students • 548 Trojan Code Tickets were turned in during quarter 2 to 276 (17%) students • 1600 students learned the fight song • 78% of students have ZERO referrals • 86% of teachers report a positive change in school culture • 94% of teachers have given out Trojan Tickets