FHE holds Paw Party for good behavior | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 4, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Good behavior is paying off for the students at Forest Hills Elementary (FHE). Last Friday Oct. 28, students who met their behavior goal were rewarded with an invitation to the school’s Paw party.
Smiling faces and good behavior were in full view on Friday as students enjoyed fun activities such as pedal go-carts, bean bag horses, inflatable jump castles and a slide.
Paws, a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program, allows students to earn up to five paws a day for good behavior. “A goal is set for each party and those students who meet the goal can attend,” explained Lori Finigan, assistant principal at Forest Hills. “We set Paw parties about every 30-35 school days. Each party usually has a theme such as a movie party, inflatable party, visits from a magician or a dance party.”
Cindy Riley, principal at Forest Hills, says not only do the students love the program, but the parents also appreciate the system as it allows daily communication about behavior. “The first year without PBIS we had over 1,100 referrals,” said Riley. “The first year we instituted PBIS, our referrals were cut 50 percent. Now, we average 85 percent, or better, of our students who earn enough paws to attend our PAW parties each time.”
On hand to help with the event last Friday, were parent volunteers from the FHE Parent-Teacher Organization.