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Henderson Elementary sets gold standard for behavior

Henderson Elementary students with their awards for positive behavior [Source: Francis Howell School District]

Henderson Elementary recently received Gold Level Recognition through the Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support. This award recognizes Henderson’s implementation of the multi-tiered system of support model, which creates “safe and orderly learning environments in schools, while improving the social-emotional outcomes for students.”

SW-PBS has been an initiative at Henderson for over ten years, and staff and students have worked together towards full implementation of the different tiers. Through these efforts, Henderson has set behavior expectations for students and provided support for those who need help meeting expectations. The implementation has also created consistent language building-wide.

Administrative Intern Megan Abramczyk has worked on the program for the last two years.

“Our staff has worked really hard over the years to make sure they are following the parts of the program in their classroom and in our building,” said Abramczyk. “To finally be recognized for full implementation is a huge celebration.”

One important component that Henderson has focused on is community building. Each morning, students participate in community meetings that included both students and staff members. 

In addition to community building, students can receive positive office referrals and Soaring Eagle awards for positive behavior. Abramczyk has seen a significant decrease in office referrals for misconduct and an increase in safety and routine in the building. 

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