Seven District 158 schools were recognized by the Midwest PBIS Network for superior implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
PBIS is a proven model for establishing and promoting positive behavioral supports needed for students to achieve success at all levels. PBIS guides schools in identifying, implementing, and sustaining effective practices to create a positive school culture that is safe, respectful, and conducive to learning.
Once each school year, the Illinois PBIS Network formally recognizes schools across the state that demonstrate implementation and sustainability of the PBIS process through measurable criteria.
Huntley High School and Martin Elementary School are among just 41 schools in the state to receive Platinum recognition. Platinum is the highest level of recognition, indicating a high degree of fidelity to PBIS standards, backed up by data showing improved outcomes of the implementation.
The following District 158 schools also were recognized for the 2015-16 school year:
- Conley Elementary School (Silver)
- Heineman Middle School (Silver)
- Marlowe Middle School (Silver)
- Chesak Elementary School (Gold)
- Leggee Elementary School (Gold)
“The recognition that the Huntley 158 schools received is an indication of the dedication that the teachers and administration have toward making positive learning environments for our students,” said Dr. Julia Cloat, a director of curriculum and instruction who oversees PBIS at the District. “These dedicated staff members implement the PBIS structure throughout the school year and take the additional steps to go through the rigorous application process for PBIS recognition.”
Within the PBIS framework, schools set positive behavioral expectations for all students and provide a variety of rewards when students meet them. In addition, a number of tiered supports are put into place to intervene when expectations are not met.
Among other PBIS initiatives at HHS, staff members hand out “Raider Way tickets” throughout the day when students are “caught living the Raider Way.” These tickets can then be entered into weekly drawings for prizes.
Huntley High has been recognized as a statewide leader in implementing PBIS, regularly hosting visits from other schools seeking to learn about the system.
Other District 158 schools use similar systems of “bucks” or “dollars” that can be exchanged for fun prizes and activities at regularly scheduled PBIS Rewards days.
At Martin Elementary, a distinctive item that can be purchased with “Husky Bucks” is the opportunity to participate in a Future Red Raider Night at HHS sporting events. Students receive free court-side seats, free admission for their family, and a t-shirt reading “Future Red Raider.”
Chesak Elementary regularly hosts PBIS Rewards events. Among rewards offered at a recent such event were the opportunity to shoot hoops and climb the rock wall in the gym, visit the “Chesak Nail Salon,” get a temporary tattoo, or attend a live book reading by Abraham Lincoln himself.
Many schools offer students the chance to be “guest chef” for a day in the school kitchen, helping the food services staff prep and serve lunch, or “guest librarian,” helping students and staff in the learning resource center. In addition, several schools offer group rewards, such as a musical performance by the Martin Elementary staff, which students enjoyed in April.
“It’s a way to build our school community through the PBIS system,” said Shayne Birkmeier, assistant principal at Chesak Elementary.
To read more about the 2015-16 Illinois honorees, visit the Midwest PBIS Network website.