4 Reeds Spring Schools Earn Awards of Excellence

Four Reeds Spring schools earned statewide recognition for improving student behavior, maximizing instructional time, and increasing engagement.

Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) gave Awards of Excellence to Reeds Spring Middle School, Reeds Spring Intermediate School, Reeds Spring Elementary School, and Reeds Spring Primary School.

The Middle School and Intermediate School received gold level recognition, the highest possible. The Elementary School and Primary School received silver.

"PBIS has really helped to transform our school culture throughout the district by giving teachers and administrators more tools to encourage a respectful school climate," said Reeds Spring Intermediate School Principal Andrea Chavez. "Receiving recognition and awards is great, but the best part is realizing the positive impact we are making in the lives of our students and community."

SW-PBS is a framework to create safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. It focuses on encouraging positive student behavior, preventing disruptive behavior, and tailoring supports to individual student needs.

"MO SW-PBS recognition criteria are rigorous and research-based," said Missouri SW-PBS State Director Nanci Johnson, Ph.D. "I applaud the ongoing work of all MO SW-PBS participating schools to improve learning environments for all students."

To receive an Award of Excellence, schools went through a rigorous review of
their SW-PBS interventions and had to show evidence that the framework resulted in improved outcomes for students. 

The awards were announced at the 12th Annual Missouri SW-PBS Summer Training Institute, held Wednesday, June 14 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

Photo caption: Reeds Spring School District employees accept SW-PBS Awards of Excellence. Pictured left to right are Tina Holub, Janie Loftin, Andrea Chavez, Cheryl Gibson, Stephanie Roe, and Karen Murray.
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