Lebanon High School
Lebanon Senior High School, in Lebanon, Missouri, has been achieving positive outcomes for students since their initial implementation of schoolwide positive behavior supports during the 2007/2008 school year. From this implementation year to 2016-2017, they reduced the number of ODRs by over 60%, and reduced the number of incidents leading to Out of School Suspension by nearly 68%! As of March 31, 2018, 86.05% of students had 0-1 ODRs, 12.9% had 2-5, and 3.49% had 6 or more ODRs.
LHS has achieved these positive outcomes through implementation of a set of evidence-based practices that they have systematized in the Yellow Jacket Code. These practices include ensuring that all students know the schoolwide expectations of Be Safe, Responsible, Respectful, and a Learner. Students are reinforced for following the schoolwide expectations with Buzz Bucks, token reinforcers given out frequently for students caught following the expectations. Students are also recognized with Jacket Grams, which are given for students who have shown dramatic improvement, or who have greatly exceeded academic or behavioral expectations. Both Teachers and students are recognized with STAR (Student/Teacher Appreciation Recognition), and with student of the week and teacher of the week. Finally, teachers who are caught implementing a PBIS practice are recognized with Lowery Loot. Lebanon consistently addresses inappropriate behavior with clearly defined behaviors, decision rules, and standard strategies for addressing these behaviors.
Students who need additional academic and behavioral supports are provided with Tier 2 or Tier 3 interventions. Tier 2 behavioral supports include Check-in/Check-out and LINK (an adaptation of Check and Connect). Tier 3 supports include FBA/BIP.
Lebanon Senior High School Supports adults in their implementation of these practices, and communicates their SW-PBS plans to all stakeholders through their website, and Teacher Handbook.
Lebanon Senior High School has received state and national attention for their implementation of SW-PBS since their first year of implementation! They are a 5 time MO SW-PBS Silver level recognition school, and a 6 time Gold level recognition school. This year, they were the only high school to earn the 10+ recognition for schools that have earned recognition and sustained exemplary implementation for 10 or more years. In addition, in 2009, they were held up as an exemplar of high school implementation by the PBIS National Technical Assistance Center with their inclusion in High Schools: Current Practice and Future Directions (A.K.A. The High School Monograph, Flanner and Sugai , 2009).
Lebanon Senior High School has long been recognized as one of the premier secondary implementers of SW-PBS in the state of Missouri. They are considered a model demonstration site by the state, and frequently host visitors from other cities and states who wish to learn from their success. For these reasons and more, Lebanon Senior High School Missouri SW-PBS’s highest honor: the 2018 Dr. Mary Miller Richter Award!