Baker School launched its Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program with a kick-off ceremony featuring special guests, excited students, music, dancing and fun skits.
Teaming Up for Positive Behavior is Baker’s PBIS theme and in true team spirit, the staff, students, families and community came together to launch the evidence-based PBIS program which is proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety, and support improved academic outcomes.
Through PBIS, schools focus on proactive ways to define, teach, and sustain appropriate student behaviors across all school settings including the classroom, lunchroom, restrooms, and playground. The primary goal of PBIS is to help schools design effective environments that will increase teaching and learning for all students, creating a school climate that is safe and conducive to learning.
Joining the Baker team for the kick-off was El Monte Police Sergeant, Roger Cobian who sang the National Anthem. The students were excited to learn that Cobian’s 2nd grade teacher is currently a teacher at Baker.
“I was fortunate to have Ms. Esquivel, who is now Mrs. Sanchez, as my 2nd grade teacher,” said Cobian. “She was a great teacher and taught be about behavior expectations just like PBIS. I would not be the sergeant I am today without her expectations and influence.”
Additional special guests included members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, MVSD Board of Education members and administrators, as well as representatives from the El Monte Rotary Club, El Monte Promise Foundation, Day One and Pat Cravey from Seastar Riders, who proudly rode a beautiful white Charger horse as a tribute to Baker’s Charger mascot!.
Providing the keynote address was former Los Angeles Dodger great, Kenny Landreaux who shared some inspiring words with the students and encouraged them to work hard, stay positive and help one another.
“Positive behavior is essential to be productive and successful. Be sure to listen to your parents, teachers, coaches, and grandparents – they are all helping you get to where you want to be. Stay focused on your education and work hard on your goals. Everyone can be successful in life but you need to have good behavior, stay positive and help one another.”
A parade of signs created by each classroom showcased the students’ commitment to PBIS and were placed along the fence for all to see. Fun skits featuring staff members who represented “Mischief Elementary” school and students who represented Baker Elementary highlighted the right and wrong way to behave on the playground, in the restrooms, in the hallway and cafeteria. The PBIS team unveiled the Charger Store, complete with a variety of prizes, where students can redeem their Scholar Dollars they earn for displaying good behavior and following PBIS expectations.
“Our Baker PBIS promise is to be safe, be respectful, be responsible, be a Charger!” said Donelle Soto, principal. “It takes all of us, the entire team of students, staff, parents and family members teaming up for positive behavior and working together to make Baker an even better place. We can already see the difference PBIS is making and we are very proud of our students.”
A fun game of PBIS Trivia where classes earned Scholar Dollars for correctly answering questions and the sea of students, staff and guests dancing to YMCA concluded the celebration.
“This was a great kick-off full of high energy and a wonderful theme,” said Veronica Sifuentes, Board of Education member. “We are all teaming together to provide the best for our students and the PBIS program is making a positive impact here at Baker and on all Mountain View School District campuses.”
Baker’s PBIS planning team includes Cynthia Felix, Sandra Villanueva, Lorie Skoko, Gloria Sanchez, Maria Caito and Justine Everton.