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Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

Colchester Public Schools began a partnership with the University of Connecticut in 2005 on Positive Behavior Interventions & Support, or simply, PBS. PBS is a systems approach which focuses on proactive teaching, reinforcing positive behavior and decreasing the less desirable behaviors. Introducing, modeling, practicing and reinforcing positive, social behavior is an important part of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and recognizing students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to happen before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

During the first few days of school, students will be taught the school's four core values: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Honest and Be Safe. Students receive instruction on our matrix focusing on these four school-wide expectations as they occur within the school day. Our matrix specifies the four core values in the classroom, cafeteria, hallway/courtyard, bathroom, on the bus, as well as when in the community, like the Youth Center, Cragin Library, or on field trips. Click here to see what our matrix looks like. Education and reinforcement on how to be respectful, be responsible, be honest and be safe will continue throughout the year. This school-wide, common language helps establish consistency throughout the school on what is expected on a day-t-day basis to ensure a positive, safe learning environment.

You may also wish to click on our PBS at Home guide. The guide explains more about what PBS is and how you can use it at home to set clear expectations and model the types of behaviors you would like to see happen during homework time, computer time, or getting ready for school.

Click here for the different types of recognition opportunities/awards that are here at WJJMS for your students. Teachers recognize and nominate students that show certain characteristics, and students may nominate other students as well, for the WJJMS Be Somebody award. This particular award has been created by the Student Council. 

The Puma Award is a new award recognizing student leaders at WJJMS. Students receiving the award:
  • Are motivated and push themselves to the be the best they can be on a daily basis

  • Are in control of themselves, their actions, and their emotions

  • Aspire to learn and explore continuously in an effort to do their best

  • Give of themselves to their classmates, younger schoolmates, and adults in the building

  • Not only better themselves, but those around them through good teamwork and collaboration


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