September 22, 2017
Dear Malone Parents,
This year we will continue to promote positive student behaviors along with the Middle and High Schools through something we call Cardinal Pride. We strive to encourage positive behaviors and interactions, decrease problem behaviors, and reduce the number of disciplinary referrals. The faculty and staff at Malone support a proactive approach to behavior with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; or PBIS. By implementing and utilizing PBIS we aim to create safe and effective schools in Prescott by defining and recognizing school and classroom expectations. Prescott students are equipped with strategies to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish an overall positive school culture.
Cardinal Pride is our version of PBIS in which we are proactive in defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors. We do this in both the classroom as well as in non-classroom settings. Non-classroom settings include our hallways, buses, playground, restrooms, field trips, and when we have assemblies. To help our students, families, and staff understand our expectations; we have defined them by creating the Cardinal Pride Matrix (printed on the back of this letter).
Individual students as well as whole classrooms are acknowledged for showing Cardinal Pride through rewards and incentives. Staff members positively reinforce expected behaviors by verbal praise and with our cardinal pride tickets. Classrooms at both Malone schools have set goals for their cardinal pride tickets. Both schools have also set building level goals. When a classroom or grade level achieves their goal they are recognized on the announcements and also have a celebration. Classroom celebrations may include extra reading time, tech time, additional recess, or many other activities. When a building achieves their goal, this is celebrated by building-wide celebrations.
We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, our students will excel in their learning. Families play a vital role in the success of their child. When students report feeling support from both home and school, they have more self-confidence, feel school is more important, and they tend to do better in school. Many parents find that what students learn from PBIS in school carries over to promote positive behavior at home. Please review the matrix with your child at home and help us to promote CARDINAL PRIDE!
Thank you for your support,
Ms. Deanne Edlefsen, Principal
Mr. Trent Probst, Assistant Principal
Malone Elementary & Intermediate Schools