Schools may choose to describe up to two additional pieces of information about how their school is supporting students. These self-reported indicators are not factored into school accountability calculations but provide the opportunity for schools to highlight successful programs or practices in addition to the indicators included in school accountability.
Improving Student Behavior Through PBIS
Escalante Valley School is in its second year of fully implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) into the school setting, as a way to improve student behavior. Core values are implemented in this process though monthly assemblies, scripted plays, monthly student spotlights, a school-wide reward system, and character education lessons, which are taught by a licensed school counselor. All faculty and staff members are included in the implementation of PBIS. This school-wide behavior system is carried out by rewarding students with a positive note when desired behaviors are observed. Each time a student receives a positive note, the principal makes a personal phone call to inform parents of the positive behaviors observed. Parents appreciate receiving positive information about their child/children, and strong communication between school and home has likewise improved. In comparing PBIS data from the first quarter to the second quarter of the 2019-2020 school year, office referrals declined by 53%. Behavior reports are continually ran, compared, and discussed among faculty and staff in order to adjust and modify our PBIS implementation. As a result, the staff from Escalante Valley School are helping to create responsible citizens through modeling desired behaviors, and teaching strong values and character traits.
HERO: Here Every day, Ready On time
During the 2018-2019 school year, faculty and staff expressed concerns over student attendance and tardy rates accrued throughout the year. The faculty and PTA of Escalante Valley School collaborated in an effort to improve attendance rates, which were ultimately implemented beginning in the fall of 2019. Ideas for improving attendance rates have been applied through the following five methods: *An increase in parent communication -- Attendance letters are mailed out at the end of each quarter for those students who are at-risk for obtaining 18 or more total days missed, or 10% of the school year, in absences. Likewise, phone calls are made if needed. *Data Meetings -- Regular BLT (Building Leadership Team) meetings are held to review attendance data. *Class and individual attendance incentives *Assembly recognition *Morning Announcements