Highland Park Elementary, 'Teaching Expected Behaviors'

Highland Park Elementary, 'Teaching Expected Behaviors'

Highland Park Elementary Principal Brent Leibach presented his school's PAWS scores from last year along with school goals for the upcoming year at District 2's board meeting Monday.

Leibach's presentation was part of the annual elementary school updates each school gives to the Board of Trustees. He says that these days it's the job of the school to stress that each individual islearning.

Highland Park's goals for the 2011-2012 school year include improving PAWS reading scores by 3-5 percent which they will work to accomplish in the way that they improved their writing goals last year, through a new reading curriculum that was worked on with staff during the summer. Highland Park's writing scores were in the 90th percentile across all three grades tested this year.

Also, Highland Park will work toward a behavioral goal of reducing the number of ACE students (the VOA-run suspension program at the old woodland park school) by five percent. Leibach says this will be done by teaching expected behaviors.

"At the punishment stage you're already working behind the eight ball," Leibach said. "So we want to teach expected behaviors and be proactive."

In an effort to ensure that students understand 'why' a certain behavior is expected, Liebach said that the students will use new iPad technology, with student-filmed videos about correct behavior from areas like the classroom to the playground and then be watched in classrooms where students will write about that behavior. These Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support expectations will be taught each quarter.

PAWS Results
Third Grade Highland
Reading 88%
Writing 93%
Math 93%

Fourth Grade
Reading 96%
Writing 100%
Math 98%

Fifth Grade
Reading 89%
Writing 98%
Math 96%

State Averages
Third Grade
Reading 66%
Writing 80%
Math 88%

Fourth Grade
Reading 84%
Writing 75%
Math 81%

Reading 77%
Writing 86%
Math 78%

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