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.