PBIS & CLASS DOJO

What is PBIS?

Buckingham Elementary School utilizes the PBIS Program (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), a proactive approach to school-wide discipline. This program focuses on creating and sustaining an environment for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing challenging behaviors through a collaborative team approach.

 

Teaching appropriate expectations and providing students with helpful strategies makes this initiative a rewarding component to our classroom instruction.

 

Our goal is to have consistent behavioral expectations throughout the school, which will enable all students to be academically and behaviorally successful.

PBIS Mission Statement
It is the mission of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Team at Buckingham Elementary School to facilitate the effective teaching and learning of positive behavioral expectations. Our purpose is to help each child reach his or her greatest potential. Through positive behavioral supports, we aspire to teach life skills that enable children to deal confidently with the complex and rapidly changing world.
Student Expectations

At Buckingham Elementary School, students have rights and privileges as well as responsibilities. As a school, we have set high standards for students to conduct themselves in a way that is respectful and helps to build a positive climate essential for learning. Students can expect school staff to reinforce the following school-wide expectations:

 

RESPECT:

· Yourself

· Others

· Learning

· Environment

 

All students are taught the BES expectations through a matrix, or chart. Students are specifically taught how to show respect for yourself, others, learning, and the environment in each of the following areas:

 

· Bus · Hallway · Classroom

· Bathroom · Cafeteria · Playground · Assemblies

 

Systems are in place for re-teaching expected behaviors when necessary.

Class Dojo - Creating a Positive School Culture
What is Class Dojo?

In the 2019-2020 school year, Buckingham Elementary began using Class Dojo to help supplement and manage our School Wide PBIS Program.

Class Dojo is a digital tool that allows teachers to give students immediate feedback on their positive behavior choices. It also allows teachers to share meaningful highlights of a students day through texts, photos, and videos using the Class Dojo app. Class Dojo is FREE, and all students at BES are already a part of the program!

In addition to classroom based communication, BES also uses the app to share reminders about upcoming dates and events with the entire school.

It is our goal to have 100% of our students have a parent or guardian connected to the app.

We are hopeful that through using Class Dojo we will not only improve communication, but that children will be encouraged to talk about their school day with their families. Class Dojo can help teachers and parents support students' growth through goal-setting, feedback, and celebration!

 

To connect to your child’s Class Dojo account, download the Class Dojo app or visit www.classdojo.com/parent. Parents will need to enter a unique parent code from the school to access their child's account. 

Please feel free to reach out to our Class Dojo School Leader, Mr. Hamilton if you have any questions or need a parent access code at BJHamilton@worcesterk12.org.

How Does the Dojo Point System Work?

Whenever students are caught following our BES  rules of respect, they can earn a Dojo point in their account! Dojo points are a symbol of positive praise given to students in recognition of their appropriate behavior choices as part of our PBIS Tier I intervention system. These points will continue to accumulate until a students decides to trade them in towards incentives.

Dojo points can be redeemed on trade in days to participate classroom, or quarterly school-wide incentives. Students may also redeem Dojo Points in our school store for pencils, erasers, pens, etc. 

The Dojo point system takes place of our former “Bucky Buck” paper dollar system. "Dojo Dollars" may be used as a tangible positive praise symbol of for younger students (pre-k and K). These dollars are then given to their homeroom teacher and converted to points in the Class Dojo application.

 

Parents have access to view the positive choices their students are making throughout the day along with point totals and point redemptions in the Class Dojo App!

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Tiered Intervention System

Positive behavior intervention and support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.

 

Attention is focused on creating and sustaining Tier 1 (universal for ALL students), Tier 2 (targeted group support for SOME students), and Tier 3 (individual support for a FEW students) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional. (https://www.pbis.org/school/tier2supports)

The colored graphic shows the systems in place for students at BES to help shape and encourage positive behaviors.

Sample PBIS Lesson Plans
Teacher Resources

Below are a few sample lesson plans to address behaviors in different areas of the school.

 

Please check back for more updated lesson plans and resources throughout the year.

Respect Video for Students

Worcester County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Supervisor of Human Resources - Worcester County Board of Education, 6270 Worcester Highway, Newark, MD 21841  410-632-5000

 

Buckingham Elementary School 

100 Buckingham Road  Berlin, MD 21811 | Phone 410-632-5300 | Fax 410-632-5309

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