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5 schools honored for positive behavior

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

Five Lincoln County elementary schools were recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for their participation and excellence in introducing positive behavior in their classrooms.
Catawba Springs, Iron Station, Love Memorial, North Brook and S.R. Lowder elementary schools are among 383 schools chosen across the state for excellence in the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) practices at a “high level of fidelity” — one of three levels available to participating schools in the DPI’s program. Administrators interested in having their schools recognized were required to submit documentation showing how good behavior is being implemented and is apparent on their campuses, including academic data and results.
The area schools that were chosen were selected based on behavioral and academic improvements.
In hopes of keeping a healthy and productive environment, participating schools use practices incorporated by administrators and teachers to further the message of the importance of having a positive attitude at school.
“PBIS provides a common framework and language for students and staff,” schools Superintendent Sherry Hoyle told the Times-News last week. “We believe that PBIS provides a more proactive approach to addressing behavioral issues that impact school climate and student performance.”
S. Ray Lowder Principal Donald Welch credits the work of his faculty and their “complete buy in” to the program, in his school getting selected by the state for four years.
A monthly reward program, Lion’s Pride, rewards students for fulfilling positive behavior goals that the school works on throughout the year. A school-wide effort that wouldn’t be possible without 100 percent participation from students and teachers, the students continues to live out their motto of looking, acting and doing their best, Welch said.
Noting success in both individual students and entire grade levels, working together seems to be the winning recipe for S. Ray Lowder.
A five-year member of the PBIS program, North Brook Elementary has continued to also focus on teaching students to make informed and good choices, Assistant Principal Shanti Clancy said.
North Brook has created a team with members who are trained in PBIS — a process that takes between three and year years to be fully implemented. School-wide rules, and teaching instructors how to show and help students learn those rules are keys that must be satisfied in order to receive the DPI’s recognition and to “create a school culture that focuses on acknowledging positive behaviors.”
Last year, North Brook received Model School status, and upgraded thsi year to Exemplar School status — their first time receiving the title.

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