If you ask a first-grader at Montgomery Elementary or Maple Dale Elementary what the four “B’s” mean, they can recite it by heart: be respectful, be responsible, be safe, and be a problem solver.
Sycamore Community Schools has begun utilizing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) across the district to create a positive school culture by teaching students behavioral expectations for school.
“It’s not only about using common language about expectations but regularly acknowledging students for demonstrating these behaviors,” said Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor. “If you recognize the positives, they become the influence and students can focus on learning.”
By implementing the four “B’s”, students understand what is expected of them, and work with each other and their teachers to meet these expectations. The four B’s are used throughout the building to remind students of appropriate positive behaviors in places like the cafeteria, playground, bus, and hallways. Students are rewarded for good behavior. This could be something as simple as getting to class on time, or selfless actions such as helping others in need.
In just three years of implementation, the district is seeing disciplinary issues decrease. In fact, at Blue Ash Elementary alone, discipline incidents dropped from 243 in the 2015-2016 school year, to less than 100 in 2018-2019. Out-of-building suspensions dropped from 21 in 2015-2016 to just two in 2017-2018.
Blue Ash Elementary just received the 2019 Ohio PBIS Bronze Recognition Award for their work with students. The Bronze Recognition Award is given to schools where at least 75 percent of students are impacted by PBIS efforts.
“The beautiful thing is PBIS is owned by every person in our school community-- students, parents, and all staff throughout our building. We have seen an improvement in our students' ability to lead others in meeting expectations, work through adversity, and engage more fully with their classroom communities,” said Leslie Combs, Blue Ash Elementary principal.