Message from the Principal

Hello Ross Park Families,

What a great first month of school!  Thank you for all you have done to support your child as he/she starts a new year as a Super Sailor here at Ross Park.  

Speaking of being a Super Sailor, I wanted to take an opportunity to briefly share how we take a school-wide, positive, proactive approach to  managing student behavior at Ross Park Elementary.  As stated by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, in the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown, however,  that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide positive behavior approach is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

(U.S. Office of Special Education, PBIS Technical Assistance Center, www.pbis.org, 1998.)

Here are some of the ways we promote positive behavior at Ross Park:

Super Sailor Slips-Certificates given to individual students by staff members for demonstrating behavior that is safe, respectful, responsible or kind at school.

Super Crew Awards-Certificates awarded by staff members to entire classrooms for demonstrating behavior that is safe, respectful, responsible or kind at school.

Monthly Positive Behavior Celebrations- Special activities in which all students participate school wide in which all students take part for earning classroom Crew Awards.

Birthday Table- Once a month, students with a birthday in the current month have lunch and a treat with the Principal in the cafeteria.

Prize Drawings and DJ at Lunch-Student Super Sailor slips are drawn weekly for prizes, or a chance to run the music choices at lunch on Fridays.

Starting off the school year on a positive note has been wonderful to experience! Thank you for encouraging your Super Sailors to choose positive behavior everyday.  We are doing the same here at Ross Park!

Sincerely,

Eve Mills, Principal