Edgemont Elementary is a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) school. The PBIS approach helps students and staff develop a culture that embodies our school vision of becoming “All For One and One For All”. Edgemont’s three primary school-wide expectations are: be safe, be respectful, and be responsible.
School staff spend a significant amount of time teaching students expected behavior in each area of the school. A behavior matrix has been developed that outlines the expected behaviors. Location specific expectations were taught by faculty or staff members who gave a presentation on expected behaviors. Each grade level completed the same teaching rotation to ensure consistency in schoolwide expectations. We also developed posters that were hung at each location as a visual reminder to help students.
The faculty and staff have adopted a consistent behavior management system to help students redirect their behavior when needed. The system that is used is based on three colors: green, yellow, and red. Each color has a specific meaning that goes with it so the faculty and staff use the same language when addressing negative or inappropriate behaviors. Green is "On Target", yellow is "Pause and Think", and red is "Stop and Change". Using these three colors and terms as a guide, students can know if they are meeting school-wide expectations.
To help students be respectful and maintain appropriate noise levels in the different locations of the school the faculty and staff have also implemented a voice level chart that helps the students know how loud they are expected to be. The chart ranges from 1-5 and has different indicators for each level. One is no talking, two is whisper, three is table talk, four is strong speaker, and five is outside.
Students that remain on green or yellow all week are recognized by getting an On Target Ticket. Students may enter their On Target Ticket for a chance to be rewarded with a small incentive on a weekly basis.