Be Safe. Be Responsible. Be
Respectful. Be a Community
Schoharie Central School students, faculty and staff
have united behind these expectations: Be Safe. Be Responsible. Be
Respectful. and Be a Community, to develop a positive school
environment through Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports,
or PBIS, a proven, research-based program.
A proactive approach, PBIS unites students,
faculty, staff, parents, guardians, families and the community behind
clear and consistent expectations and goals that build upon students'
strengths, reward good behaviors and discourage problem behaviors by
identifying both consequences and paths to relearning and
Through PBIS, students learn life skills that benefit
them far beyond the walls of the classroom.
Students have clear and detailed guidelines for
positive behavior they are to show not only in the classroom, where such
rules traditionally exist, but also anywhere they are in the school
building, on campus and around or on a bus.
For example, Schoharie Elementary students have
learned to adjust the volume of their voice to their location, from a
zero (quiet) in the hallway to a 1 in the cafeteria and 2-3 on the
playground. In all locations, they are to show pride in learning and
demonstrate respect, compassion and patience for their peers.
These expectations developed by the PBIS team are
taught to the whole school through "Stations" twice a year and
reinforced by staff and students consistently in the appropriate
The entire approach is positive, not punitive -
there are consequences, but they are clear and instructive and designed
to build good behavior while discouraging bad behavior and disruptions
The PBIS team and school leaders have developed a
behavior chart of specific behavioral expectations for each of the
program's foundation goals: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and
Be a Community.
THE PBIS BEHAVIOR CHART (PDF)
Schoharie Elementary students showing positive
behaviors can earn Buckle Bucks. Buckle Bucks can be redeemed for small
prizes on "Redemption Wednesday." Students can purchase items from small
trinkets or toys to exciting opportunities such as a Stewart's free ice
cream pass or lunch with the principal.
The prizes will be available in the cafeteria during
lunch periods the first Wednesday of every month only. The third
Wednesday of the month students will have the opportunity to enter their
Buckles Bucks into drawings to earn larger prizes. In 2015-2016 the
first drawing earned two lucky students a brand new bike and many
more received helmets also.
Schoharie Elementary's PBIS team
At Schoharie Elementary School, a team of educators
ways for all at the school to teach, model, support and reward positive
and appropriate behavior, including providing supports for students who
might need more assistance. Team members include:
Principal Andrea Polikoski
Cheri Bland, teaching assistant
Terri Blum, reading teacher
Michele Borst, speech teacher
Doreen Buzon, reading teacher
Eric Calvino, 1st-grade teacher
Anne Donzelli, special education teacher
Kelly Fagnani, school psychologist
Maryanne Hammond, 4th-grade teacher
Stephanie Hammond, special education teacher
Melissa Montague, science technology engineering
arts math teacher
"Implementing PBIS replaces more traditional
punitive practices with proactive strategies that support everyone in
our school community as we work toward common goals," Elementary Principal
Polikoski said. "The most valuable part, to me, are the multiple
opportunities to teach students the behaviors we expect of them. We are
committed to the success of each and every one of our children, and PBIS
is a proven way to create a positive school climate."
Numerous schools, both locally and nationally, have
documented their success with PBIS, experiencing fewer disciplinary
referrals and suspensions and spending more time on academics and
learning. Details about PBIS can be found at
[12/8/15 updated 8/23/16]