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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Mexico High School earns Bronze level in PBiS implementation

  • Hawthorne Elementary School continues Bronze level recognition
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  • Members of the Mexico High School staff and Principal Terry Robinson received a Bronze level Award of Excellence at the state Positive Behavior Intervention in Schools (PBiS) conference last week.
    Hawthorne Elementary School Principal Holly Pashia also accepted the school's second Bronze level performance plaque.
    MHS was one of 16 high schools recognized as a Bronze level school.
    Teachers, administrators and some parents were involved in ongoing training with the state regional professional development committee.
    "PBiS is a data-driven, structured process to encourage respect, responsibility and behavior for learning at MHS," Robinson said. "The program emphasizes the positive – how we want our students to behave at school so they are successful."
    Team members collected regular feedback from all stakeholders, developed a matrix of expectations for students, established baseline discipline data to drive decisions for the improvement of the building's climate, and established recognition systems for all students.
    "Teachers and administrators used building 'tickets' for on-the-spot recognition of students showing positive behavior," Robinson said.
    "Students who maintained 90 percent or better attendance also received tickets. The tickets were used for weekly, quarterly and semester drawings for prizes."
    Patty Swisher led the PBiS team. Other faculty team members were Christine Beshears, Jan Conn, Julie Exendine, Colleen Galloway, Dale Schenewerk, Roger Turner and Jami Williams. Julie McKweon was the parent member of the team.
    For the upcoming school year, faculty members Marcus Liekem, Brita Simpson and Patrick Stanley have been added to the team.
    "For 2013-14 we welcome any parents who would like to participate in helping us emphasize the positive at MHS, and improve our learning environment through PBiS," Robinson said. Parents who are interested should contact Swisher at MHS.
    Hawthorne Elementary School maintained its Bronze level earned last year. A school can maintain this level, or advance to Silver or Gold level.
    "It's an honor to be recognized because it is a reflection of the work done by staff members of a school to improve student behavior," Superintendent of Schools Kevin Freeman said. "The Bronze level represents the beginning of an effective system for monitoring and correcting student behavior."
    All schools in the Mexico district are PBiS schools, with the goal of student behavior management being consistent in all buildings. "One day we hope all our buildings are recognized," Freeman said. "We look forward to all schools achieving silver, then gold, recognition for a job well done."
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