I am in disbelief that the winter break has already come and gone! However, I am so happy to see everyone’s happy faces back at school.
As I keep mentioning, Fort Lewis Mesa’s staff and students continue to work hard on our school-wide PBIS system and positive behaviors. I am excited about how PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) lives in all we do here. Our roadrunners are: Responsible, Observant, Courteous, Kind, and Safe.
For the month of January, we are focusing on responsibility and what it looks like/sounds like throughout our school. Please chat with your student/s about what responsibility can be to help encourage this behavior wherever they are. You could ask...What does responsibility look like in the cafeteria? What does responsibility look like on the playground? What does responsibility look like in the classroom? What behaviors might show responsibility?
Over break, I finished a book called Nuance and this quote stuck with me due to our current work and goals. “Punitive accountability generates negative anxiety that stunts cognitive and emotional growth, while transparent, supportive, specific feedback causes a degree of anxiety that has exactly the right blend of pressure and support that moves us forward (and once we experience the success of the new behavior, we are motivated to do more of it…” Essentially, supporting students with clear expectations, actions, and feedback develops positive behaviors; punishment, different than consequences, rarely get us the desired behaviors. This is something to consider as we build our system.
Here’s to 2020!
Best~ Jenny Imel, Principal
Reminder: No school Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 20. As always, please stay afloat of all our upcoming important dates.
PLEASE SEE JANUARY NEWSLETTER FOR MORE INFORMATION: