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Blue Ash & Symmes Elementary Schools Receive PBIS Silver Award

Two Sycamore Schools elementary schools have received statewide recognition for their work in teaching students positive and appropriate behaviors.

All Sycamore Community Schools utilize Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which involve teaching students expected behaviors in a consistent and positive way, modeling and acknowledging those behaviors, and helping all students meet expectations and be successful. PBIS has been shown to improve student achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

“A positive school culture is built on strong student/staff relationships and clear expectations,” said Jessica Ralston, Symmes Elementary principal. “Teaching expected behavior and giving positive feedback to students allows all of our staff members to build those strong relationships with students and acknowledge them for meeting expectations.”

Symmes Elementary and Blue Ash Elementary were named 2021 Silver PBIS Award winners by the Ohio PBIS Network for being model examples of strong PBIS. They are among 70 schools from across the state to receive this recognition. 

The PBIS framework implemented by all of our K-6 schools teaches students the four B’s: be respectful, be responsible, be safe, and be a problem solver. These schoolwide expectations are specifically taught and embedded into daily discussions and curriculum. Both schools have seen a decrease in student behavior. 

“PBIS practices have created a school culture that is more unified in helping all children be the best they can be,” said Leslie Combs, Blue Ash Elementary principal. “Our staff and families have embraced what started as a school initiative, sharing in the responsibility at school and at home to support our efforts.” 

Both Symmes and Blue Ash Elementary schools will be honored at the 2021 Ohio PBIS Showcase in conjunction with the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) virtual conference on December 9, 2021.