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PBIS-Parent and Student Letter

Dear Parents and Students,  

Van Cortlandtville Elementary School maintains the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (P.B.I.S.) program to further support our Character Education program.  We will continue to highlight and celebrate positive behavior through our reward systems.  P.B.I.S. also supplies students with skills to handle potentially negative situations and think about the best course of action.

Having a school-wide behavioral approach incorporates everyone.  Students are able to see that we all support them and equally contribute to our school’s success and safety.  The students, along with their teachers, have designed an expectation grid for the gym, during lunch and recess, on the bus, in the classroom, and in the hallway.  These expectations are posted in the specific areas and are attached.

Van Cortlandtville has adopted the acronym R.O.C.K.S. (Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kindness and Safety).  When you exhibit a positive desired behavior, we will reward you with a ROCKS ticket.  Our positive reward list is attached for you to read with your child. 

We have also attached a copy of our Van Cort Pledge which we challenge each student to live every day that they are in our school.  They sing the pledge every morning to remind them of the high expectations that we have for them.    

We will be continuing our Blue & Gold Ribbon Lunchroom Challenge program and our Hallway Challenge.  This year, we are excited to be offering R.O.C.K.S. tickets at our PTA-sponsored events, therefore promoting our collaborative expectations.  Students will have the opportunity to show off their outstanding behavior and citizenship in all extra-curricular activities. 

During the month of September, we will kick off our PBIS program with a five week booster activity.  For each of these five weeks, we will review our behavioral expectations daily.  Each week will focus on a different theme (letter of our R.O.C.K.S. acronym).  We are going to ask our students to show school spirit and wear either their Van Cort T-Shirts or a navy blue t-shirt each Wednesday.  We will also ask them to participate in our “themed Fridays” and wear clothing/accessories to match the theme for that week. Please visit our school’s website for updated information.  Thank you for your continued support!


Jacqueline M. Woodruff

Frank Yanoti

Lindsey McGann