No Doubt About Expectations as Elm Begins New School Year

No Doubt About Expectations as Elm Begins New School Year

PHOTO: Students attend Mr. Christian Hartwig's station on Elm's expectations for student behavior in the new school year. Scroll down for more photos or click here for a photo gallery.


Elm Middle School students began the 2017-18 academic year Wednesday, Aug. 16, with a busy schedule of classes, including an introduction to expectations about positive student behavior.

Like the rest of District 401, Elm is a "PBIS" school. “PBIS” stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a program that develops and reinforces a strong sense of student responsibility for appropriate behaviors.

To get the year off to the right start, Elm faculty and administration set up PBIS stations through which students rotated from approximately 10 to 11:35 a.m.

At each station, students learned the school's expectations about behavior in a variety of settings — in hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, classrooms, assemblies, buses and club activities/sports.


Everyone on the Same Page


"Our first day was amazing," said Principal Dr. Kathleen Porreca. "Our Station Rotation day is really a celebration of our school community coming back together. It's the way we welcome new students to Elm and help make sure we are all on the same page." 

Dr. Porreca added: "We can't expect our students to guess what our expectations are. Now, everyone knows and understands what our expectations are for our whole school."

The day also marked Assistant Principal Ms. Rebecca Siegel's first day with Elm students. Stay tuned for more about Ms. Siegel!

In the meantime, students and faculty alike are looking forward to ending the week Friday with Elm's annual outdoor hot dog lunch. Welcome back, Cougars!


Photos from Elm's Expectations Training


The photos below show Elm students going through their expectations training on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Click any of the photos for a larger view. The photos are also available in a slideshow format, which can be found here


Elm students listen as expectations for their behavior are explainedDistrict 401 photos by Dave Porreca


Elm teachers discuss expectations with students


Students sit in the Elm Gym bleachers listening to Principal Dr. Kathleen Porreca on the first day of school, Aug. 16, 2017.


Principal Dr. Kathleen Porreca addresses Elm students during the first day of school, Aug. 16, 2017.


Principal Dr. Kathleen Porreca addresses Elm students at Elm Gym on the first day of school, Aug. 16, 2017.


Elm students walk down the hallway on the first day of school, Aug. 16, 2017.


Social studies teacher Mr. Christian Hartwig talks about expectations to the students in his PBIS station on the first day of school, Aug. 16, 2017.


Students listen as Mr. Christian Hartwig outlines expectations for Elm student behavior.


Student enjoy a lighter moment during Mr. Christian Hartwig's station on Elm expectations.


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