Positive Behavior @ Ridgeview
PBIS Students are Responsible, Organized, have a Positive Attitude and are Respectful.
Ridgeview Charter Middle School is one of many schools using a proven new approach to discipline in our schools. This "positive behavior intervention and support" or PBIS system focuses not on the discipline of poor behavior, although that is certainly a component, but rather focuses on supporting and rewarding the positive behaviors that the vast majority of our students do daily. So much attention is traditionally focused on the students who are not behaving, but this system trains teachers to notice and reward those students that are doing what is right. This attention shift will often redirect problem behaviors, since problem behaviors are often attention-seeking.
Ridgeview is focused on four behaviors that we would like to see.
- Students will be responsible for their actions and choices.
- Students will be organized.
- Students will have a positive attitude
Students will be respectful to teachers, others, and themselves.
Here is a chart that we use to help students understand what each target behavior looks like in various locations throughout the school.
How does PBIS work?
Through the use of R.O.A.R points, students are rewarded by teachers and staff for demonstrating desired behaviors. Whether it is a case of "general kindness" by helping others or simply paying attention/responding appropriately in class, a wide variety of positive behaviors are monitored and rewarded. Students can then us the R.O.A.R points earned to purchase tangible items, attend events, and attain rewards from the likes of either our PBIS school-wide store "The Panther's Den" or an individual teacher. Some of the available items for purchase are school supplies, jeans passes, snacks and treats, spirit-wear, and more.
What if we have to discipline?
Discipline is a necessity in every school setting. While PBIS is focused on positive behaviors in an attempt to deter infractions from occurring, Ridgeview still needs a disciplinary procedure in place. Each student agenda has a chart on the back page, which serves to remind students and teachers of the discipline process we use when the need arises.
While the classroom discipline cycle (see below) is designed to address problematic or disruptive behaviors at the lowest level possible, at times serious actions or repetitive misbehavior (i.e. verbal/physical threats, blatant disrespect, fighting, etc.) necessitate the need for administrative intervention. Please refer to the Fulton County Student Code of Conduct/Discipline Handbook (see links on the right side of this page) to learn more about the administrative discipline cycle used at Ridgeview.
Ridgeview is using PBIS Rewards which is a technology-based program, to help us with our positive behavior incentive program. A letter was sent home with each student to give families information about setting up the Parent App which can be used to track your student's progress with the program. Each letter was specific to each student. If you can't locate the letter, please contact your student's homeroom teacher for a new copy.
You will need to download the PBIS Rewards App from the appropriate app store for your device. During setup, you'll be prompted to scan the QR code that is in the letter in order to set up the app for your student.
To find out more about the PBIS Rewards program and technology, please click HERE.