Monday afternoon, January 28, Mitchellville Elementary students and staff accepted a $500 check to help support the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program at their school.   PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.  The PBIS program is also referred to as the RAMS Way in our elementary buildings.

Rams Way Expectations
R=We are Respectful
A=We are Always Responsible.
M=We use our Manners/We are Motivated learners.
S=We practice Safety.

Tim Cloyd, with Tecvisions, a local nonprofit, donated a check for $500 after hearing that students can earn individual and classroom tickets from staff members for good behavior and were able to redeem them for incentives and prizes.

“The Rams Way is a great program that teaches kids to do the right thing and treat people the right way.  We are proud to give locally and support Mitchellville Elementary.” Cloyd shared.

Neil Evans, American Legion member, was also present at the PBIS assembly on Monday afternoon and presented the Flag Essay winners. This is a contest where students write a short essay about what the flag means to them. The first place winner received $50 and the second place winner received $25. The 2018-2019 Flag Essay winners were Will Zook with second place and Olivia Twohey from Miss. Oberbroeckling’s 5th-grade classroom with first place.

Southeast Polk Community School District is committed to providing PBIS to K-8 students. It is a data-driven, school-wide system that helps staff to create consistent, clear, and achievable behavioral and character expectations for all students. Schools effectively implementing PBIS have shown:
An increase in positive school climate and culture
A decrease in bullying and inappropriate behaviors
A decrease in administrative disciplinary referrals

PBIS promotes positive relationships between students and teachers and builds a positive and safe school climate.  We are very thankful for the support from our families and community partners on this program.