Advancing Student’s Learning
P177Q mission of “We Do Care” is the moral
compass that guides our daily practice of ensuring
academic and social skills success for all students. In
addition to core academic content, students are
provided with explicit instruction in Social and
Emotional skill competencies. To ensure fairness and
equity in all educational decisions and protocols
members of the Equity Team collaborate with key
stakeholders. In the Spring term, members of the
Equity Team engage in collaborative conversations
with the Pupil Personnel Team to ensure all students
are assigned to classes that are academically and
socially appropriate. To promote and reinforce
opportunities for students to engage in positive social
engagement, on-going collaboration among the
members of Equity and PBIS occur. As a result
ot this collaboration, students’ Panther Point sheets
were revised to reflect greater access. Finally, to
ensure parents’ access and increased engagement
with all aspects of schooling, members of the Equity
Team work closely with the Parent Engagement
Team. The Monthly Parents’ Book Club is hosted by
members of the Equity Team and PTA.
Members of our PBIS/SEL team engage in weekly collaboration with multidisciplinary stakeholders to ensure all members of our school community are supported with a Multi-Tiered system of support for ensuring a system of accountability for every students’ academic and social success. For the 2021- 2022 school year, the PBIS/SEL team expanded the resources for promoting positive behaviors to include a focus on self-care.
Staff, students, and parents receive on-going training to ensure a common understanding of the research - based practices that lead to students’ academic and social success. Procedures and protocols for managing students’ behaviors are clearly written in the staff handbook.
Attitudes, knowledge, behaviors and beliefs that characterize the school environment and are shared by its stakeholders.
Social Emotional and Cognitive Development
Members of the PBIS/SEL Team and Equity team
ensure opportunities for all stakeholders in our
school community. The ultimate goal of these teams
is to maximize material and human resources to
support the development of self-advocacy; self-
management; social and emotional wellness among
all members of our community. All initiatives for
the 2021-2022 school year highlight self-care and
social emotional learning skills development.
Subsequently, a school-wide Mindfulness initiative
is facilitated by members of the Mindfulness team.
The PBIS/SEL team has partnered with ReTHink ED
facilitators to create an instructional pacing calendar
that provides teachers; parents and students with the
lessons and videos to teach and learn the 5 school wide expected behaviors. Additionally, A school-wide Mindfulness practice has been launched this fall. One counselor and one Occupational Therapist and 2 teachers collaborate and facilitate this initiative.
Student Engagement & Empowerment
We promote students’ engagement at all levels of decision making. Student leaders collaborate and problem solve school related issues and policies.For the 2021-2022 school year student voices have expanded to include a weekly students news cast. “Panther Points Broadcast” provides opportunities for students to communicate 177Q news and updates to all. Additionally, all students in good academic standing with a teacher’s nomination will have the opportunity to interview with Student Council Advisors. Students’ strengths are then matched to various sub-committees on student council. There are student elections for the positions of Student President and Vice President.
Reinforcing Students’ Positive Behaviors
A Multi-Tiered System of Supports is utilized to promote students’ positive behaviors and to decrease inappropriate behaviors. Tier 1 Level of supports are proactive and prioritizes preventing inappropriate behaviors. Members of the PBIS team facilitate school-wide student assemblies to explain the school-wide expected behaviors for all students. Students learn that displaying the 5 school-wide expected behaviors leads to positive reinforcements. All students are expected to display the following: Communicate; Achieve; Respect; Engage and Self-Control (C.A.R.E.S). Teachers, parents and students are provided with lessons and videos to support the teaching and learning of the school-wide expected behaviors.Students’ efforts and successes are recognized and celebrated with the earning of Panther Points. Classroom reinforcers are designed to provide immediate reinforcement. However, students also have opportunities to earn weekly tangible and activity reinforcers. The Leaders’ Center is the reinforcement center, where students exchange Panther Points for preferred items. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, students select their items on line in the virtual center. Items are then delivered by students who work in the Leaders’ Center.