February 18, 2019
Dear CAL Elementary Parents,
Hopefully, you are hearing from your child about some of the new and exciting things going on at CAL Elementary School as it relates to behavioral expectations. You may have heard about CADET PRIDE, The Cadet Way, (Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe), Cadet Coupons, Classroom Rewards, and All School Rewards. All of these terms are part of P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports).
P.B.I.S. is a framework that we are using in our school to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence. It is a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social and learning goals. We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, our students will excel in their learning.
As part of the P.B.I.S framework, we have established clear rules for the behaviors we expect in all areas of our school. These expectations are explained in our Behavior Matrix which you will find on our school website. We taught these expectations to the students during the first part of the school year. Our staff verbally acknowledge students’ appropriate behaviors and acknowledge their behaviors by giving them a Cadet Coupon or Class Cadet Coupon. The expectations for all student behaviors are clear throughout our classrooms, playground, lunchroom, gym, bathrooms, and hallways.
Our expectations will provide a school environment where more time is spent instructing and less time spent disciplining. If your child does have a discipline concern, a Discipline Referral Form (DRF) will be completed. Our website contains a copy of the Discipline Referral Form and a chart explaining what “Office Managed” and “Classroom Managed” are as it applies to the form. If your child has an “Office Managed” behavior you will receive a phone call from your child’s teacher and/or the principal. If your child has a “Classroom Managed” behavior you may receive an email or a phone call from your child’s teacher if they feel it is something you should be made aware. We will have consistent consequences and positive reinforcement for all students.
By teaching the expected behaviors in a positive way, we are providing a common language for everyone in our building, including students, teachers, and staff. We believe that by helping students practice good behavior, we will build a school community where all students can learn. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information. Thank you for your support!
The CAL Elementary P.B.I.S Team