Dear Parents and Guardians,
Here at St. Francis de Sales we work hard to teach every child how to uphold our charisms of the Falcon Five:
This year, as a school, we have enhanced how we recognize students who display one of these charisms and have added it to an overall system called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is an evidence-based framework used by schools to improve school culture and student behavior, promoting a safe environment for learning. A key aspect of PBIS is focusing on the positive/expected behaviors. We believe that incorporating our Falcon Five Charisms with these positive behavior supports will not only promote positive behavior choices but also allow our students to grow in virtue.
The 6th grade has decided to further reinforce these positive behavior supports and our Falcon Five by implementing a recognition system in the classrooms that highlights our students’ positive choices. A recognition system encourages students’ positive behavior choices, reinforces the learning process, and helps to increase motivation. Reinforcement is an essential feature of the learning process and students benefit from hearing that they made a good choice.
We will be using praise tickets to recognize the student’s positive choices. Praise tickets are a way of increasing student motivation and adding another layer of reinforcement to the praise you are delivering. In short, tickets are fun and increase students’ motivation to make a good choice. Whether a small behavior (e.g., holding the door) or a big behavior (e.g., helping a friend who is being bullied) tickets can help us reinforce the kinds of student behaviors we want to see. Each time a student exhibits a desired behavior they get a praise ticket. These tickets can then be cashed in at the end of the week or saved to use on a future reward. A specific reward will be offered at the end of each week.
Over the last two weeks, our falcons have worked together to come up with the framework for this recognition system. All 6th students collaborated in groups with teachers and support staff to come up with a mission statement for their classroom and a set of classroom commandments. Students pulled their leadership qualities together to help decide what they could do to make their classroom the best it could be.
Below is the 6th grade mission statement:
“Our Classroom will be respectful and encouraging. We aspire to impact one another positively and bring out the best in one another. We will try our best to follow the light of Christ. We strive to do our best academically and always believe in ourselves.”
Pictured is some of the 6th graders who helped lead the kickoff of our recognition system!
Miss Lauren Schneider, M.Ed.
Professional School Counselor