Monday, December 18, 2017
At The School of Engineering and Arts we use the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) process. This framework is our school-wide proactive approach to establish the behavioral supports and social culture that are needed for all students in school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. We hold strong expectations for all students in all aspects of their school day. We utilize a matrix with each area of the school inside and out. Please take time to review with your children the expectations and discuss the importance of having positive behavior throughout their school day. Thanks for your support at home and school!
Posted by Cara Rieckenberg at 11:28 AM
Monday, October 30, 2017
“I say GEAR, you say UP! GEAR! UP! GEAR! UP!” Is this something you have heard your child say before? If so, you are familiar with the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) system we use here at SEA.
Our school expectations are built around the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) process. This framework is a school-wide proactive approach to establish the behavioral supports and social culture that are needed for all students in school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.
At SEA, we promote positive behavior and strong school culture in a number of ways. In our monthly PBIS Corner, we will tell you about the different strategies that SEA uses to help build a positive school-wide community that is conducive to both teaching and learning.
Part of PBIS is our partnership with home and families. It is important to work together at home and school to teach children behaviors that are expected at school. As a partnership, sharing in common language will help support students and their success at school. Through this partnership, we can build a positive learning environment for all students at the School of Engineering and Arts.
Every day, students are expected to exhibit GEAR-UP behavior. This means that students are expected to:
G: Set GOALS
E: Show EMPATHY
A: Have a positive ATTITUDE
R: RESPECT all
When a student demonstrates GEAR-UP behavior, he/she is recognized by a staff member and may earn a GEAR-UP slip. These slips are turned in and every Friday, 15-20 slips are drawn and students are given shout-outs over the loudspeaker, get a certificate, and earn a prize. Please ask your child to share with you when he/she earns a GEAR-UP slip. This is worth celebrating!
Posted by Cara Rieckenberg at 6:59 PM
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
At SEA, one of the things that we strive for each and every day is to bring real world experiences and application into our instruction. One way this is done is through Project Based Learning. This can be a catch phrase in education at times, and can look different at different times. Check out this article on Edutopia to learn a little more about Project Based Learning.
Posted by Cara Rieckenberg at 6:34 AM
Thursday, February 23, 2017
On Thursday, February 22nd, SEA had some pretty important International Visitors stop in. Eight female engineers and scientists traveling the US with the Department of State's International Leadership Program, stopped in at SEA to gain understanding of educational institutes that champion the interest of women in STEM. Women in attendance were from the Czech Republic, Libya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Sir Lanka, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. Their professions ranged from R&D Engineers to Software Engineers, Atomic Scientist, Sociologist and Economist. The women met with SEA staff and students and were very impressed with student autonomy, engagement, levels of questioning and collaboration witnessed. We were fortunate to have such visitors to confirm what we already know - great things are happening at SEA!
Posted by Cara Rieckenberg at 10:58 AM
Monday, February 6, 2017
Last week we had a staff professional development meeting. We revisited the theories of Growth/Fixed Mindsets set forth by Standford researcher, Carol Dweck. Within our conversations, we also watched again Angela Duckworth's TED talk on Grit. If you haven't seen it, take the time to view and have a conversation with your family members. How is Grit being taught and enforced in your home? In your community? Watch here.
Posted by Cara Rieckenberg at 7:44 AM
Sunday, February 5, 2017
At SEA, outdoor learning is a normal part of our students' learning and teachers' instruction. In our Kindergarten classrooms, not only does intentional learning occur, but also free exploration and discovery in the outdoors is frequently scheduled. Check out what some of the research is reporting on the importance of taking children outdoors frequently, regardless the weather! Click here.
Posted by Cara Rieckenberg at 12:32 PM
Friday, February 3, 2017
A great read for all of us with elementary aged and older kiddos at home. It's always a good reminder that our students need to learn about how to organize and that it takes practice. Enjoy this read.
Posted by Cara Rieckenberg at 9:44 AM