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Lift every voice and sing / Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, / high as the list'ning skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, / let us march on till victory is won.

– The Black American National Anthem, a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899, set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1900

As we continue celebrating Black History month, consider these options to support students, to build character, and to reinforce positive behavior in our hallways and classrooms. Also, let’s continue to encourage students to be in school every day and promote perfect attendance!

  • Kindness grams – Encourage students to share with one another things that they respect about one another. Let this be a route to shout out those that we might not normally shout out.
  • Sweat the Small Stuff – remember to address relational behavior before it escalates, before a full-blown referral/consequence is deserved. Greet students at your classroom doors and conduct pulse checks to ensure they are ready to learn before they enter your classrooms.
  • PBIS points – Offer publicly PBIS points to students that make great improvements in their grades or behavior at the end of each week during February, even if they aren’t perfect.
  • PLT Shout-outs – Allow students to shout one another out in PLT by having them draw names out of a hat and share one thing that they respect about that person.


Students that are Out-of-Area
  • We have noticed a number of middle and high school students that are wandering into the wrong school. Middle School students should not be in the High School at all, and certainly not without a pass. High School students should only be in the Middle School on the Lincoln 3rd floor. The route for High School students to the 3rd floor Lincoln is through the Bell 2nd floor and on to Lincoln 2nd floor landing and up the stairs to the 3rd floor.  They should not use the 1st or 2nd floor Lincoln to get to the 3rd floor Lincoln. Students that are not complying should be written a referral, so they can earn a consequence.

  • Detention is a first intervention we have for students to check and correct their behavior in your classrooms. Students being informed of this consequence is vital to the effectiveness of the consequence.  Remember to use our 5 step process with fidelity so that our students will not earn a greater consequence of ISS and thus lose valuable class time

  • We always need more support at dismissal from 3:15pm until 3:35pm (High School), 4:15pm until 4:35pm (Middle School). Please follow students all the way out to the front of the building. Students should be encouraged to move on toward their bus stops/metro quickly. Teachers and staff that can make themselves available to stay out front will be greatly appreciated.

Cafeteria Support
  • All lunches have their ups and their downs. We always appreciate additional supports in the cafeteria on days that teachers are available. Check-ins with students build relationships and adult presence supports our daily procedures in lunch.

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