PBIS at MacArthur Middle School January 7, 2009 Team Leader: Jolyn Davis, Assistant Principal Coach: Richard VonHagen, School Psychologist
Background Information • We are in our 6th year of implementation of PBIS. • 4 team members as well as the team leader have been active on our team for all 6 years. • Our Eagle Code and Eagle Tickets have been institutionalized. • Many of our school-wide events, including our holiday gift shop, game day, auction, and carnival, have been institutionalized as well.
Demographics We are extremely transient and therefore lose and gain approximately 2-3 students a day. Approximately 40% of our students come from military families. 1135 Students 65% African American, 25% White, 7% Hispanic, 3% Other We have 12 teachers that are new to our building this year, but only 2 are first year teachers!
Through 12/31/08…. This represents at 37% reduction in office referrals for the 2008-2009 school year!
So…. What is Different? • Red and Yellow Zone continuum of interventions. • Effective RST and Orange Team (Behavior Support Team) meetings on a weekly basis. • Advisory Program • Uniform Policy management • Staff who buy into PBIS and build positive relationships with students AND work collaboratively together
Orange Team • Our Orange Team meets every other week for approximately ½ hour. • Focus on student referrals (3 or more per Qtr) • Members consist of school psychologist, SPED DC, administrators, counselors, AYP resource teacher, reading intervention teacher, DMR Resource. • This team evaluates current interventions that are in place and selects additional interventions as appropriate.
Red and Yellow Zone Interventions Available • Check and Connect • Mentoring • Counseling through Guidance – check in / check out as needed • Daily Behavior Tracking – point sheet • Daily Behavior Tracking – email • FBA / BIP Process • Counseling Groups – guidance, school psychologist, social worker • DMR • MSAP • Support from outside partners – Villa Maria / Walter Reed counseling services, referrals to YES program • Academic Interventions – 504, sped, Algebraic Thinking, after school math intervention program, after school tutoring through First to College, Reading interventions (CR, spell read, SOAR), AVID, specialized advisory groups
Advisory Program • A committee, separate from PBIS, has worked to create a comprehensive program for MacArthur Middle School. • Every day for 26 minutes; 2 days – DEAR, 2 days – lessons, 1 day – Peer to Peer • Peer to peer day allows for students to meet with teachers to get extra help / support as needed. • Special groups – Bubble kids for math and reading at each grade level, AVID groups, Algebra support group • Social skills lessons based on needs established at RST / Orange Team / PBIS meetings. • Lessons based on Ruby Payne’s work, learning styles and strategies, test-taking skills, etc.
Uniform Policy • All issues addressed through advisory to minimize impact on instruction and limit negative teacher interactions with students. • Uniform closet available. Uniforms provided to needy communities and families at the beginning of the year. • June 2008 – uniform donation day • Teacher incentives for uniform compliance. • Uniform violations are non-referrable.