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Wildcats Show Respect (signs around our school)

Respect in the Classroom (our school wide matrix)

Passpaw (the tool we use to teach behavior expectatations)


Irving School is launching a new school-wide behavior management plan to create a positive school environment that supports high-quality teaching and learning. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) refers to a systems change process for the entire school and includes teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. 

The school will focus on three overarching expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, we will focus on the preferred behaviors. At Irving School, we will Respect Ourselves, Respect Others, Respect Our School.  Every adult working with students at Irving will use this same language so studnet's hear the same message.  Consistency from class to class and adult to adult is very important for successful implementation of a school-wide behavioral system.  Therefore, a significant amount of professional development will be provided to Irving's teachers and staff to ensure the best results for students.

As a school community, we will work to esure:

Behavioral Expectations are : 1) taught, 2) modeled, 3) practiced, and 4) observed and  5) rewarded.

Appropriate Behavioral Actions are Praised and Rewarded

All members of the school community must work to "catch" students exhibiting the appropriate behaviors.  Specific praise is extremely important in increasing the reoccurrence of appropriate behavior.  Our PBIS Team will work to develop a school-wide approach for "Cactching Students" following the Respect Model.


"Why should I have to teach kids to be good? They already know what they are supposed to do. Why can I not just expect good behavior?" In the infamous words of a TV personality, "How is that working out for you?"

In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.  (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, 2011)


Irving School, Home of the Wildcats!


Students hang pictures and messages of kindness for International Peace Day 

  • May 24, 2018
    May 25, 2018
    • Memorial Day Flagpole Celebration 10:00 AM to 11:00 AMIrving School
    May 28, 2018
    • Memorial Day - No school
    May 29, 2018
    • Plant and Facilities Committee 5:30 PMBradley School Library, 155 David Humphreys RoadAgenda 
    • Special Meeting - Student Matter 6:30 PMBradley School Library, 155 David Humphreys RoadAgenda
    May 30, 2018
    • Field Day! CHANGED: This event has been changed. Irving SchoolRescheduled to June 13th
    • BMX Dialed Action Sports Show 9:30 AM to 10:30 AMIrving Elementary School
    • Special Meeting - Superintendent's Evaluation 6:30 PMDerby Middle School Library Media CenterAgenda 
    May 31, 2018
    • Irving School Science Fair 9:30 AM to 11:00 AMIrving School Gymnasium
  • Jun 5, 2018
    • Field House and Baseball Field Building Committee 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMDMS Cafetorium
Irving School
Jennifer Olson
Special Education Supervisor
Shelley Sheridan

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