Davis Junior High School has always strived to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment for all of our students. In an effort to improve our school climate and culture, many of the Davis staff members volunteered their time two years ago to form a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Committee. PBS is a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes. This program is aimed at building effective learning environments in which positive behavior is acknowledged for all students. Our program emphasizes the use of proactive, educative and reinforced-based strategies to achieve meaningful and durable behavior outcomes. As a staff we will be focusing on acknowledging positive behavior in the classrooms, hallways and the lunchroom by teaching and reinforcing our “Raider Red Expectations.”
During the first week of school and throughout the year, staff members will be teaching our “Raider Red Expectations: I Can Listen, Learn and Lead” to students. We hope that by modeling and communicating these expectations to our students that they will begin to have a better idea of what is expected of them as students at Davis Junior High. We feel that the expectations of listening, learning and leading will serve as a roadmap for success for all of our students as they navigate junior high school to eventually transitioning to the high school and beyond. It is a goal of our program to provide students with common language and the necessary problem solving skills that will help them have a much more productive and positive day at Davis.
Students who are engaging in listening, learning and leading behaviors will be individually acknowledged by earning “Raider Red Tickets” and honored with prizes and recognition during our weekly lunchroom drawings on Fridays. Students will also participate in our “Earned Privilege Program.” The Earned Privilege Program is an academic and citizenship reward system that is set in place to encourage students to do their very best on Progress Reports and Report Cards. There are seven cycles per year. Each student will receive points for the grades as well as their citizenship performance grade. The points are rolled into levels that students can attain throughout each progress and report card cycle for various school privileges. This will allow students to have more access to “fun” school opportunities and we are very happy about this part of our program.
Our “Raider Red Expectations: I Can Listen, Learn and Lead” will be posted throughout the classrooms and school for easy reference for our students. The matrix of our expectations is shown below for you to review. It is our hope that you will spend some time reviewing the matrix with your child as it clearly defines the expectations for our students.