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BBE Schools roll out Jaguar PRIDE……

posted Feb 5, 2016, 9:04 AM by llloyd@bbejaguars.org

In the school setting when a student isn’t a fluent reader or has trouble with comprehension, we develop an intervention that addresses the problem.  We teach them strategies to strengthen those weaknesses.  When a student has trouble with long division or factoring polynomials, the process is very similar.  Identify the problem and develop a strategy of reteaching or remediating in hopes of seeing improved skills for that student.  When a student misbehaves, we punish them!

We do a wonderful job at BBE helping those students that struggle with reading and math.  Our Response to Intervention (RtI) program is absolutely fabulous!  We identify needs, we implement research based interventions, and we track progress or lack of progress and adapt accordingly.  When it comes to dealing with behaviors, BBE is in the midst of change.  Enter….Jaguar PRIDE!  This is BBE’s version of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS).  The letters in PRIDE were given meaning by a team of teachers and administrators and then rolled out to the staff for feedback.

P....Positive, R....Respect, I….Integrity, D….Determined, E….Exceptional

While the word that each letter represents probably seems pretty appropriate and understandable, our goal will be to develop rubrics or guidelines that will define these words as they relate to different parts of the school day and areas of the buildings.  We will define appropriate behaviors in the cafeteria, on the bus, in study hall, on the playground, etc.  The ENTIRE staff will be looking for behaviors that represent what Jaguar PRIDE stands for.  When they witness these Jaguar PRIDE behaviors, a paw print will be presented and the student will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for great prizes!  These prizes will be given out periodically throughout the school year.  

The focus of Jaguar PRIDE will be catching students doing good things, but poor choices will still be a reality that we are going to need to deal with.  All choices, good and bad, have consequences and our Jaguar PRIDE initiative is no exception.  There will be three levels of infractions….yellow, orange, and red.  Yellow mishaps will be minor and handled by the teacher in the classroom.  Oranges are a little more severe.  Please note, multiple yellow infractions will result in an orange.  An office referral and parent contact from the classroom teacher will accompany an orange referral.  Last and certainly least positive will be the dreaded red infraction.  Repeated orange referrals can result in a red, but generally a red infraction or referral is serious enough that parents will be contacted by an administrator.

Our goal is to have information about Jaguar PRIDE available on the BBE website.  Information will include major/minor infraction sheets for the elementary and the high school and videos of students and staff imitating acceptable and unacceptable behaviors.  Please take an opportunity to talk with your child about Jaguar PRIDE.  I caution you not to believe everything you hear and call your child’s teacher or building administrator if you have questions.  Change is hard, but necessary and the Jaguar PRIDE initiative will be no exception.  Providing our BBE students with the skill set needed to exhibit appropriate behaviors in every setting is our ultimate goal!  

Rick Gossen, Elementary Principal

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Schools