Results show such efforts are making a difference
Eden students win rewards for "Big Paw" goals
“We have seen a decrease in behavioral referrals,” said Judy Hoeppner, district director of curriculum and instruction. Hallways are quiet, which enhances learning inside the classrooms.
The elementary schools kick off the PBIS program at the start of the school year by having the students tour the building and learn the expectations for behavior in each space. (See chart of rules below this story.) Throughout the year, students get tickets “when staff see them doing something particularly well,” Hoeppner said.
Students reimburse those tickets to win items or activities, from erasers to small group pizza parties, Eden Elementary Principal Mike Ruhl said. When the entire classroom meets behavior goals — Eden calls them “Big Paw goals” — the class gets to pick a reward like a dress-up day.
“There has been a very positive response to PBIS, and it has achieved our goals in providing an environment that is conducive to learning,” Hoeppner said.
Meanwhile, staff continues to train on the latest, best practices to keep schools safe and positive.
The non-violent crisis intervention training is legally required by the state, but Campbellsport has invested in it as a proactive measure. Many school districts contract with the educational cooperative agency CESA 6 for the training, but in Campbellsport “we are able to use an in-house expert,” Hoeppner said. Campbellsport Elementary School special education teacher Jenny Vant Hoff is a trained instructor.
Teachers and support staff are trained how to recognize early signs of student agitation or frustration and how to de-escalate it, including what to say to students to help them re-focus.
“We’re going to keep a calm atmosphere that is very safe physically, as well as emotionally,” Hoeppner said. “Then we can really focus on the instruction and student interactions, not student behavior and discipline.”