Philosophy and Vision

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    At Cupertino Middle School we value the whole child. The social and emotional well-being of students is essential to their learning success.

    Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is an approach to supporting student success in school. PBIS is based on principles of applied behavior analysis as well as the prevention approach and values of positive behavior support. This program of supports focuses on the development and implementation of proactive procedures to teach appropriate behavior and practices to prevent problem behavior for all students and improve school climate.

    Positively Stated Rules
    Research has shown that acknowledging students through positive recognition is an effective method of learning appropriate behaviors. By stating rules positively, expectations are clear and students understand how to respond appropriately to each situation that may arise in the school environment.

    Our three school-wide expectations are:

    -Be Safe

    -Be Respectful

    -Be Responsible

    Our effort cohesively unites all stakeholders in using 1) a common language 2) common practices 3) consistent application of positive reinforcements and 4) a continuum of interventions and supports to address behaviors ranging from minor to major.

    The Behavioral Expectations Matrix below uses our three simple expectations to identify specific behaviors across all school settings.

    The goal is that all staff and students know the rules. To be most effective, regular use of our three simple expectations will become part of the school culture.

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