Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wow! What an Incredible 'First Day of School'!

Students of Smithville Elementary were eager to get back to school yesterday checking out who was in their classrooms and learning about the great things we have planned for them this year.  We all began our day in classrooms before heading to our first Rise & Shine Assembly of the year.  Students were singing the songs as they entered and then, in true patriotic fashion, respectfully recited the pledges, before settling down to listen to introductions and announcements.

Once Rise & Shine was complete, teachers and students toured the campus reviewing our Tiger Expectations.  When you visit, you will notice we have posters everywhere outlining the expectations we have to keep everyone safe, productive, and happy.  The Tiger Expectations were designed using the PBIS (Positive Behavior and Intervention Support) model, focusing on expectations in lieu of consequences.  (I must note that we still have a discipline system that will be enforced if necessary.)

You will also notice a beautiful Tiger paw painted on the wall in the main building.  This Tiger paw is a part of our Tiger Expectations as well.  Students will earn Tiger Tickets for exhibiting Tiger Expectations and good manners throughout the year.  Students will then place their Tickets in the grade appropriate box by the office for a chance to win a 'Picnic with a Friend' on the cafeteria stage and a chance to paint their hand print on the Tiger Paw wall!  Exciting!

Important note: Students must be present to win the Tiger Paw hand print drawing, which will take place on Friday afternoons.

"Soaring to Success"

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