The “Golden Rule” Alive and Well at Dunsmuir Elementary School
by Susan Anro
“Be Safe! Be Responsible! Be Respectful!” The quiet, upbeat sounds of a new school year echo through- out the hallways, cafeteria, classrooms, and playground at Dunsmuir Elementary School. After only three days students in this K-8 school have already earned the prize of a Popsicle party for demonstrating excellent behavior and understanding of the very words that are posted on the school walls.
With school safety, communication and new academic standards leading the concerns of the 2013-14 school year DES has enthusiastically joined the ranks of a PBIS school (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports). As the name implies, the whole school has adopted a systematic process for rewarding students that are doing the right thing and a data-based approach for recording and appropriately follow- ing up with those who may struggle to stay on course. A team of teachers were designated last year to train and implement PBIS, which is already showing great success in thousands of schools across the country, including programs for students with severe emotional impairments and juvenile facilities. Ask any employee at DES the most important reason they are there and the unanimous answer is, “For the kids.” The positive vibe is infectious. If the huge smiles and happy sounds of laughter from Popsicle stained mouths aren’t enough to convince you of the power of reciprocity, then a campus visit is all you need to see that Dunsmuir Elementary is off to a great start this year!
August 30, 2013