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Principal's Corner
Instructor: Robyn Deshayes   
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robyn.deshayes@superior.k12.wi.us
715-395-6066

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PBIS and Bullying Prevention at Northern Lights

PBIS and Bullying Prevention at Northern Lights

We are off to an amazing start to the school year at Northern Lights Elementary School. As I look back over the first two months of school, I am excited about the work we have done. Our School Improvement focus this school year is on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and bullying prevention. PBIS has been a district-wide initiative for a number of years. Each year we revisit our philosophy, procedures, and supports. Here are the highlights so far for 2015-16:

  • On August 28, all Northern Lights staff received professional development on PBIS.

  • Professional staff had three professional development sessions during September to support new staff learning as well as to reinforce PBIS building-wide.

  • Professional staff meet every other week for 60 minutes for PBIS learning and plan for incorporation of PBIS into the classroom and entire building and grounds.

  • Northern Lights Principal and Assistant Principal attended the bullying summit, Victory over Bullying: A Northland Summit to Explore Impact, Causes and Response, sponsored by UWS on September 30, along with our Police Liaison Officers.

  • October is Bullying Awareness Month. The staff had three professional development sessions specifically to address prevention, help identify bullying, and how to report and respond to bullying. Second Step is a research-based program to support this and is used at NL.

  • NL continues to use a research-based curriculum on bullying for all K-5 students. Each 30-minute class lesson during the month of October is specific to bullying. Students are trained to use their Bystander Power to recognize, report and refuse bullying when observed. These lessons are reviewed continually throughout the year. These lessons are also re-taught to students who struggle with bullying.

  • Support staff was restructured to better supervise students during recess and lunch.

  • Recess and lunch schedules and class configurations were redone to improve climate and reduce the number of students on each playground.

  • Administration, counselors and insight teachers participate in daily supervision of recess and lunch on a rotation.

  • The lunchroom has been restructured to create quadrants to build community and allow for better supervision and support. Our curtain stays closed to calm the room; new centerpieces are placed on the tables every month; an umbrella table is our special Celebration Table and is for students showing work, respect, and belong behaviors; and students enter and exit differently to encourage expected behaviors.

  • The Northern Lights Diversity Team continues to meet the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 at Northern Lights. All parents and community members are welcome.

Next Steps

  • All support staff will have two hours of additional anti-bullying and PBIS training in November.

  • The Northern Lights Diversity Team will hold the 2nd-Annual Diversity Celebration on April 5 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The public is welcome and admission is free.

  • Diversity training will be offered to the Northern Lights support and professional staff in three segments beginning in December. Thank you to Dr. Mary Lee-Nichols from UWS for providing this learning opportunity. Watch for parent and community sessions later this winter!
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 School of Recognition Award
Northern Lights Elementary "beat the odds" three out of the last four years. Beating the Odds Schools are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state yet have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to school from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels. State Superintendent Tony Evers has recognized Northern Lights with the Wisconsin School of Recognition Award to thank students, teachers and parents for their dedication to educational excellence for all.