Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) was one of nine school districts in the state to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s 2014 School Climate Transformation Grant. The funds were used to support and create multi-tiered behavioral programs for students. With some of these funds, HUSD staff members began implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) into 11 of its schools last year. These 11 Hemet schools were recognized by the California PBIS Coalition.
All 11 schools that participated in the PBIS implementation were given a Bronze Level Recognition. In addition, Cawston Elementary, Fruitvale Elementary, Valle Vista Elementary, Hamilton School, Dartmouth Middle, Rancho Viejo Middle, and Alessandro High also received a Silver Level Recognition for their additional efforts in implementing the new framework.
Ongoing training and collaboration throughout the school year allowed school sites to successfully implement PBIS. Dr. Tracy Piper, Director of Student Support Services, Aimee Clark, Lynn Nord, and Valerie Velez in collaboration with California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC) and Dr. Robert Horner, provided the ongoing training to the school site representative during the implementation process.
Throughout the school year, school representatives attended trainings, school site visits, and discussed processes that worked at their school site. The remaining schools in HUSD will begin implementing PBIS this school year.
Staff members are excited to have this program which sets clear expectations for students; they are consistently reminded of school and behavioral expectations each and every day. Students are also taught how to behave during classroom activities, passing periods, recess and lunch, and other times throughout the school day. Providing clear and concise expectations allows students to know what is and is not acceptable. For students who are not following the rules, another layer of support will be provided to help them get back on track and into their classrooms. PBIS creators agree that the more time a student spends away from their classroom; the more challenges they are faced with. If a student is asked to leave a class, they miss out on a lesson and begin to fall behind. One of the goals of PBIS is to keep students in the classroom.
Dartmouth Middle School Principal, Jennifer Martin, said her site will be striving for the Gold Level Recognition next year. “We want to support student behavior like we support academics; set clear expectations for our students and provide the tools and resources necessary for them to succeed academically and socially.”
Congratulations to Cawston Elementary, Fruitvale Elementary, Valle Vista Elementary, Hamilton School, Acacia Middle, Dartmouth Middle, Rancho Viejo Middle, Alessandro High, Hamilton High, Tahquitz High, and West Valley High on your Bronze and Silver Level Recognition.