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Principal

Principal's Message

Dear Hawk Families,

 

As we enter another school year, we are happy to let you know we will continue to utilize the PBIS system (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) at Highlands Elementary School.  The premise of the program is to create a safe, effective and positive learning environment for every child by explicitly teaching behavioral expectations.  Research has proven that schools are successful when they help students grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and holding students accountable for following the school wide expectations, we are confident we will see an increase in student learning and a decrease in classroom disruptions.

 

Unfortunately, there will be times some students misbehave even though we have explicitly taught them our expectations, offered reminders of the expected behaviors, and used the positive reinforcement system.  When this occurs, the staff will use the Office Discipline Referral Form or the administration will use the Check and Connect Referral Form.  These forms look at minor and major infractions.  The document will be recorded in writing so that you will have a copy and can speak to your child about the behaviors.  Teachers will make telephone contact with parents as soon as the behaviors begins so that a plan can be formulated that brings parents and teachers together to correct the behaviors of the student. Our goal is to keep the lines of communication open between school and home.

 

Directly following the PBIS handbook, there is a section titled Student Handbook. Please take a look through the document and ask any questions that come up. I am looking forward to an amazing year at Highlands, building upon the momentum we started last year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Sheehy

 

Ryan Sheehy

Principal

Highlands Elementary

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