We are Xavier Strong!
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School has a behavior program called PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports). A core team of teachers has been established and trained to lead this program.
PBIS is a proactive and positive approach to discipline. The first component of PBIS is to teach the expectations in the school so that there is a common language used throughout the school. The students will walk to each common area and practice the expectations for that area. For example, students will walk to the lunchroom and practice the lunchroom expectations in the actual lunchroom. There are posters with the expectations displayed in each classroom and in the common areas.
The second component is to teach positive character traits that will help students remember how to behave appropriately in every area of the school. Students will be hearing about being Xavier STRONG during the entire school year. STRONG is an acronym for Service, Trustworthy, Respect, GOd-centered, Notice, and Good Choices. Each letter in the word strong is a trait or quality Xavier students will learn about all year.
The third component is to catch students doing something good. Research has shown that the quickest way to change behavior is to point out what a person is doing right. Xavier teachers will be looking for students who are demonstrating good behavior. If the student is “caught” doing something right, the student may earn a Xavier STRONG ticket. The tickets can be saved and redeemed for incentives in the classroom. If a student earns 20 tickets or more in a quarter, the student has earned his/her way into the quarterly celebrations. The student may redeem those 20 tickets on any of the cash in days for individual incentives but needs to have acquired 20 tickets in order to join in on the quarterly activity. The teachers will record on a tracking sheet the amount of tickets each student has cashed in during each quarter. If the student does not earn 20 tickets, then he/she will be asked to write a reflection on what they can do to improve their behavior and will not be participating in the quarterly activity. Please keep in mind that your child/children may not receive a ticket every day. This does not mean that they did anything wrong but they may not have been “caught” being good that day. All specialists and staff members will be able
to give out tickets so we will be looking for good behavior in every area of our building.
The final component involves reteaching expected behaviors to students who are struggling to meet the expectations. The students who struggle may need interventions and consequences to guide them to
appropriate behavior. The interventions will be monitored and adjusted to fit the needs of each student. If you have any questions about Xavier STRONG, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or you may contact Cindy Roberts, Xavier guidance counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having a very positive, Xavier STRONG year!