Positive Behavior Programs
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
The Tom Matsumoto staff believes that schools can only be successful when they help children to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. In order for this to happen, it is important that we establish a safe environment. It is our goal to create an atmosphere for learning by setting clear expectations and directly teaching students about our expectations. Using the PBIS program helps us to create a happy and safe environment for all of our students.
Mustang Code of Conduct
Our Code of Conduct allows for students to connect their behavior to our school-wide behavior matrix. Our code of conduct is “A Curious HERD!”
Another part of the PBIS system is the use of consistent positive reinforcement when observing desired behaviors. Staff members who observe students following the school’s behavioral expectations will issue Mustang Cards. All students can earn Mustang Cards for demonstrating good behavior in every area of the school (classroom, forum, playground, etc.) and from any staff member including teachers, classified staff, lunch supervisors, and substitute teachers. The card will indicate a description of the rewarded behavior. Students will then be able to use these cards to earn rewards from the PBIS student store. Students who are curious, humble, equitable, resilient, and dependable can select meaningful items such as pins, medals, lanyards, pencils, and tokens from our book vending machine.
An important goal of an acknowledgement system is to increase the number of positive interactions between staff and students. Research shows us that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to not only change unexpected behaviors, but also to maintain appropriate and positive behavior. In fact, research on effective teaching has found that teachers should engage in a rate of five positive interactions with students to every one negative interaction. The Tom Matsumoto staff is committed to making sure that all students who demonstrate positive behaviors will receive Mustang Cards. It is not enough just to teach expected behavior, we also need to regularly recognize and reward students for engaging in these desired behaviors.
By supporting the positive behavior programs at Tom Matsumoto, we are reminding your child their positive behavior matters as it creates a better learning environment for all.
Behavior documentation allows all of us to have ongoing communication about students’ progress toward following expectations. Through the documentation, we are able to target lessons for students, classrooms, and building school-wide expectations.
Minors - Students receiving a referral for minor behaviors will:
1st Incident: Redirection, reteaching, and verbal warning.
2nd & 3rd Incidents: Redirection and classroom consequence. Teacher will fill out the Classroom/Office Referral Form and send it home for a signature.
4th Incident: If a student receives 3 Classroom/Office Referral Forms, the student will be directed to administration.
Majors - Students receiving a referral for a major behavior will:
Be directed to administration.
Administrator will contact the parent and fill out a Classroom/Office Referral Form. A consequence will be assigned for inappropriate behavior.
Honor Roll is a special accommodation awarded to students who reach certain academic goals throughout the year. You must be in grades 4-6 to be eligible for the program.
- Gold Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's on their report card and demonstrate satisfactory citizenship (no N's or U's).
- Silver Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's and B's on their report card and no N's or U's.
Report cards are given out each trimester. Students have three opportunities over the course of the school year to reach Honor Roll.
ABC is Project Cornerstone's most popular program, with more than 2,900 adults reading to 38,000+ kids in over 127 schools. The ABC Program is a literature-based program addressing important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors, and refusing to participate in gossip. Parent and caregiver volunteers read specially selected books then lead discussions and activities that help teach valuable lessons related to these issues. The program's goal is to help school communities achieve the following:
- Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
- Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied.
- Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
- Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive.
ABC Program Books
During the school year, 8 books are read, once monthly (skipping December and June.) The ABC program is a cumulative program spanning 3 years, so books are repeated every three years.
Get Involved – Become a Volunteer Reader
Spending an hour in your child's class can make a world of difference. It's a great opportunity for moms, dads, grandparents and family friends to support children in a meaningful way. For more information, contact the school office, PTA or go to the Project Cornerstone website.
The elementary years are the ideal time to nurture social-emotional competence and develop foundational learning skills. We are implementing the Second Step program school wide to support these skills. This evidence based curriculum contains age appropriate lessons that are fun! When children feel safe, supported and connect to our school, they are better equipped to succeed academically and in life.