The St. Thomas-St. John District schools Positive Behavioral Support(PBS) kick-off rallies have been re-scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26.The rallies will include participation from students, teachers and administrators, and will focus on the PBSprogram and its core message that good behavior can pave the way for better learning and better student achievement, as well as better relationships with classmates, teachers, administrators, family members and community members.
Superintendent for the District Jeanette Smith-Barry said, “Positive Behavioral Support is a national initiative, active in almost 8,000 schools nation-wide. National data demonstrate that the PBS system of improving all aspects of school life, including discipline, systematic follow-up and interventions, as well as rewards for good behavior, contributes to improved student learning and achievement. The goal of the PBS program is to improve student behavior, enhance the climate for learning, and thus improve outcomes for our students. This initiative aligns well with our State and District priorities, one of which is building a more positive school culture. When we work on improving school culture through improved behavior, attendance, relationships, and overall attitudes toward school, students learn more and achieve more.”
St. Thomas-St. John District Director of Intervention Services Cira Burke said, “Individual PBS school rallies will be conducted at various times throughout the day. The centerpieces of the PBS rallies will be recorded video presentations from first lady Cecile de Jongh and Cheryl Francis. De Jongh and Francis will address the potential power of the Positive Behavioral Support program in students’ lives and the positive results that come from good behavior in school, at home and in the community.”
Education Commissioner Dr. La Verne Terry in support of the program and district efforts said, "I wish to thank the superintendents for their support and endorsement of the PBS initiative, as well as all of the district leaders, school leaders, and classroom teachers who have worked hard to make PBS a meaningful program for students in the Virgin Islands. The PBS initiative offers the potential to help students improve their behavior, thus leading to greater chances for improved student learning and achievement."