(Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)

Dear Model Middle School Parents/Guardians,

It is well known that students are successful when they grow academically, socially and emotionally. Therefore, it is imperative that we have a safe environment at MMS supportive and conducive to student growth. Setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations allows our students to accomplish our goal of creating this atmosphere for learning and achievement. We look forward to another year of implementing our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) school-wide discipline plan called High Five that contains five behaviors: Be  Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Cooperative, and Be There, Be Ready.

Model Middle School’s High Five plan has five components:

  1. Expectations for student behavior are defined – High Five matrix

  2. Appropriate student behavior is taught – High Five  matrix taught to students

  3. Positive behaviors are publicly acknowledged – Model Money given out

  4. Problem behaviors have clear and consistent consequences – Level One offense forms &/or Discipline Referral Forms

  5. Student behavior is monitored and staff receive regular feedback – School-wide Information System (SWIS) computer database

Student Behaviors are broken down into three levels:

  1. Level 1 – minor rule violations resulting in an immediate verbal correction and potential disciplinary action (ex: no materials, tardies, talking/blurting out in class, running, horseplay, misbehavior for a sub, etc..).  THESE OFFENSES WILL NOT RESULT IN IMMEDIATE OFFICE REFERRALS.

  2. Level 2 – rule violations more serious in nature, resulting in immediate verbal correction and office referral (ex: chronic level 1 behavior, defiance of authority, profanity, fighting, skipping class, etc…).

  3. Level 3 – extremely serious and illegal behaviors.  Most of these behaviors violate the dignity, well-being, and safety of others and result in immediate office referral including parent contact and involvement of the School Resource Officer (ex: possession of a weapon, possession of illegal drugs, assault on teacher or student, vandalism, etc…).

We believe that by helping students practice the High Five behaviors, we will continue to build a school community where all students can succeed and grow.

Thank you for your support!

Steve Turrentine Hope Stephenson Kay White

Principal Assistant Principal Counselor