School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
Schnecksville Elementary School utilizes a School Wide Positive Behavior Support Program (SWPBS). The program fosters a positive school environment. The goal of the SWPBS program is to recognize and reward students who meet the school’s behavioral expectations. The school’s mascot, “Captain Phillips” the Shark, is the inspiration for the design of the program. At Schnecksville, students are expected to be good SHARKs.
At the start of the school year, students are taught about behavioral expectations in several areas, including the bus, hallway, cafeteria, playground and bathrooms. Student are also taught that every action has a consequence and that making a good choice will keep them out of trouble. The staff recognizes positive behavior through different methods. All staff members and bus drivers carry green SHARK Bites. When a student is observed meeting the expectations in any area, the staff member reinforces the positive behavior by providing praise and the student is given a green SHARK Bite. Students can accumulate SHARK Bites and “purchase” prizes through the SHARK Shack. Prizes range from Shark erasers and pencils to Howework Passes, to the Principal’s Chair for a week and Guest Appearances on Shark Files.
In addition, 10 staff members are randomly selected each day to receive a red SHARK slip. Staff members give these slips out to students who are observed meeting and often exceeding the expectations. Students who are given a red slip come to the office to sign the Celebrity Shark Book. They select a number from 1-200 from a small treasure chest and the are able to hang their red SHARK slip on the Principal’s Shark Tank on the spot that matches their number. A staff member then phones home to parents of each student who receives a red SHARK slip that day. The call alerts the family about the positive behavior the child demonstrated. Once all of the spaces in a row or column on the Principal’s Shark Tank are filled, every student in that row or column receives a mystery prize. Those prizes have included having a special lunch , extra recess, electronics time, and a healthy treat.
In the event that a student does have trouble with his or her behavior, the SWPBS program also has a process to help students manage their behavior. Behavioral interventions are designed for students who need more support than provided through the core program.
We are proud of the positive behavior exhibited by our Fin-omenal SHARKS!