WCES enjoyed the PBIS kickoff on Friday, August 17th. WCMS cheerleaders prepared cheers specficially for the third, fourth, and fifth grade students to uplift and motivate. Teachers prepapred drills on how not to act and then how to act in such places as the classroom, hallway, and lunchroom. Three student names were drawn per grade level and students were asked a very important question by WCES prinicipal, Dr. Rouse. Students were then given a chance to sink the free throw. Students who made the shot won free ice cream for their class. Teachers were also given the chance to compete in a freethrow competition. The team (math side vs. ELA side) won ice cream for their class in case they didn't win it in the student competition.
Worth County School System has adopted Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 1,000 Georgia schools and 27,000 nationwide have been trained in PBIS. Implementation of PBIS is saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students. (OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports). WCES has a matrix for behavior expectations that teachers and staff members have been busy teaching to their students during these first weeks of school.