MCE implements multi-tier system of supports.

December 7, 2015

Staff pictureCUSTER — Mason County Eastern Schools has implemented a new district-wide program this school year known as Cardinal PROUD (Prepared, Respectful, Optimistic, United and Dedicated) in the secondary and Cardinal BEST (Be Kind, Earn Respect, Stay Safe, Take Responsibility) in the elementary.

“This is part of our Multi-tier System of Supports (MTSS) and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, or PBIS, at MCE,” said Superintendent/Principal Paul Shoup. “The focus is on preventative behavioral instruction delivered to the whole school population in an effort to foster a positive school climate.”

Cardinal Best 2The system is a multi-tier, data-based approach to instruction. The first tier includes teaching a set of appropriate behaviors within the district; the second tier activates behavioral interventions for students who do not respond to the primary instruction; and the third tier involves individualized behavior support plans for students who do not respond to primary or secondary prevention support.

MTSS is a school community led initiative where staff and students have worked together to develop behavior expectations in all areas within the school setting, Shoup said. Students are recognized by staff when they are “caught” doing the right expectations.  At the secondary level, these students receive stamps on their Cardinal PROUD cards; while at the elementary level students receive Cardinal BEST tickets.

With their cards and tickets, students have the chance to win different items, or they are able to participate in special weekly and/or monthly activities.  Students are also recognized when meeting quarterly academic and behavior goals. The middle school students who met these goals recently had an afternoon at Johnny’s Skate Center. The middle and high school students were recognized at the first quarter positive incentive assembly for their achievements this quarter. This month, elementary students won t-shirts and other prizes, and some got to have Lunch with the Principal.

“We’re proud of the positive changes that have been happening in our school climate here at MCE. Staff and students together are doing their best to be Cardinal proud.”


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