Nordstrom, SM/G earn PBIS awards

Interventions, student support programs bring recognition

Two Morgan Hill Unified School District elementary schools recently received high honors from the California Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support program.

San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy and Nordstrom Elementary School earned Silver designations in the PBIS program from the California PBIS Coalition, according to a Morgan Hill Unified School District announcement.

The recognized programs at each school site “focus on universal interventions and school-wide behavior support of all students,” according to staff.

“(The program) ranges from teaching and acknowledging a small number of positively stated behavioral expectations to developing individualized interventions for students and parents who require additional social, emotional and behavioral support,” according to staff.

San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy is a kindergarten through eighth grade site located at 13745 Llagas Ave. Nordstrom is a K-5 campus located at 1425 E. Dunne Ave.

The state-wide PBIS is based on six principles:

• Develop a continuum of scientifically based behavior, social emotional and academic interventions and supports;

• Use data to make decisions and solve problems;

• Arrange the environment to prevent the development and occurrence of problem behavior;

• Teach and encourage pro-social skills and behaviors;

• Implement evidence-based behavioral practices with fidelity and accountability; and

• Screen universally and monitor student performance & progress continuously.

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