Excelsior Springs School District
In creating a climate of high expectations, Excelsior Springs School District leaders have continuously championed and supported the implementation of SW-PBS in all five district schools. This commitment to SW-PBS has remained unwavering over time as district personnel has changed.
To promote cohesiveness and continuity across the district, all five schools adopted the same expectations for their students: Go Safely, Show Respect, and Be Responsible – The GRR Expectations for the Excelsior Springs Tigers, grades K-12. While each school completed its matrix based upon its context, the expectations are the same no matter when you go in Excelsior Springs.
A sampling of unique SW-PBS features include:
The high school schedule includes a 32-minute intervention block known as Extended Learning Time, or ELT. During ELT, schoolwide social/behavioral lessons are taught to all students, and targeted Academic Check-in/Check-out ELT is scheduled for students identified as needing Tier 2 support.
The Transfer Student Induction Model (TSIM) ensures that every new middle school student quickly develops a positive relationship with at least one trusted adult whenever they enroll in the school. Students receive an initial overview of SW-PBS and are assigned a trained WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) student leader. An administrator teaches the schoolwide social skills lessons over a five day period, and an administrator or counselor meets informally with the student at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks. During these meetings, academic and behavior data is checked and additional supports are put in place if data indicates a need.
Features at the three elementary schools include parents being on the Tier 1 team, students recognizing their peers with “Peer Paws”, established schedules for ongoing PBIS staff development, and protected schedules for the teaching of schoolwide lessons with administrators conducting fidelity checks.
A quote from an Excelsior Springs High School student conveys the changes he has seen due to SW-PBS: “At ESHS, I feel the atmosphere has changed greatly within the last three years I have been here . . . . The respect between staff members and students has increased greatly! . . . The positivity overall has shot through the roof.”