June 24, 2018

Being written up is now a good thing for Duanesburg MS/HS students

Sept. 30, 2013

Parents of some Duanesburg Middle and High School students will be receiving behavior referral letters in the mail this year, but their sons and daughters will be okay with that. And on the morning of Oct. 4, students and staff will celebrate ways to make that happen, as they kick off the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program inside and outside their school.

PBIS is aimed at creating a school environment where more time is used for learning and less for discipline, and is being launched district-wide in Duanesburg. At the middle/high school, the Oct. 4 kickoff event begins with an 8:15 a.m. rally around the school’s theme of 3-D: Disciplined, Driven and Dignified. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

As a reward for their 3-D behavior so far this year, the students will then split off into groups for activities including kickball, computer games, parking lot chalk drawing, tie-dye, Kan jam and Frisbee games, graffiti wall painting, tailgate toss, laser tag, rock wall climbing, s’mores, tai kwon do and a video game demo for Game Stop. Prize drawings will be held for students who’ve shown positive behaviors on campus.

Activities will conclude around 11 a.m., but faculty and staff hope the good feelings and positive incentives will live on and prosper. Throughout the school year, teachers are writing, and the school is sending home to parents, referral letters about positive student actions and behaviors; in most schools, being “written up” has a negative focus.

“On Oct. 4, our middle and high school students and staff will celebrate the 3-Ds as a way to make their school a place a more peaceful and positive environment, a place where teachers spend more time teaching and students can enjoy learning,” said Duanesburg Superintendent Christine Crowley.
Under the PBIS program, Duanesburg Middle/High School’s 3-Ds are Disciplined: showing a controlled form of behavior or way of working. Driven: motivated or determined. And Dignified: showing a composed or serious manner that is worthy of respect.

PBIS is based on the idea that students learn appropriate behavior in the same way they learn to read: through instruction, practice, feedback and encouragement. Teaching behavioral expectations and recognizing students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.

The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.
PBIS activities are also ongoing at Duanesburg Elementary School down the road, where students, faculty and staff celebrated their own kickoff on Sept. 20 with a carnival, parade, singing, banner painting and prizes for good behavior.

Duanesburg Central School District worked with the Capital Region BOCES CAPIT program to launch PBIS this fall, with a goal of having staff teach, model, support and reward positive and appropriate behavior. Numerous schools, both locally and nationally, have documented their success with PBIS, experiencing fewer disciplinary referrals and suspensions and spending more time on academics and learning. For more information about PBIS, visit .