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    PBIS
    Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
    One of the greatest challenges for any school is creating and maintaining a safe and disciplined school environment. PBIS is a systems wide approach to increasing positive behavior and reducing the number of discipline related incidents.  PBIS encourages students and staff to respect others, respect themselves, respect learning and respect property.    Our school's PBIS committee analyzes data in order to target unwanted behaviors and reward deserving staff and students.
     
    The PBIS team partners with the community  to implement contests to promote the four categories of respect, such as:  
          *Tardy Sweeps and Raffles
          *Positive Referrals for Students
          *Starfish awards for Staff
          *Employee of the Month
          *Themed Contests for Staff and Students
     
    History of PBIS at Kent Island High School
    During the 2006 school year we had over 1,000 office referrals Kent Island High School.  Many students spent significant time either int eh office, in the alternative classroom, or out on suspension.  In the Spring of 2007, our Administrative team shared that PBIS was a proven research based method reducing problem behavior at a relatively low cost.  Our staff was trained over the summer of 2007 and when school opened in August, we officially began our PBIS program.  The n umber of office referrals dropped by 70% during the first semester and by the end of the 2007-2008 school year, we had reduced the number of referrals by 58%.  This trend has continued and we have been awarded the PBIS Gold Medal Award from the Maryland State Department of Education,  the highest honor a school can receive during the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. 
     
    Community Involvement
    Kent Island High School and its PBIS Committee thanks the following local businesses for their support in allowing us to provide prizes to recognize student and staff during the 2013-2014 school year:
          Chick-fil-a            Rustico            Subway         It's the Pits
          Harris'                   Villa Nails        Kentmorr.
        If you are interested in supporting the PBIS program at Kent Island High School, please contact:  Ashley. Luecking@qacps.org