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Pine-Richland Schools Recognized by Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network

The Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support (PAPBS) Network recently announced that all six Pine-Richland schools were recognized for the 2021-22 school year for meeting criteria for School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for participation and implementation of RAMS (Respectful, Accountable, Motivated and Safe) Way. This is the second year in a row Pine-Richland School District has received this award thanks to the district-wide approach and integrity to improve outcomes for all students, staff, families and the community.

“We are so proud and grateful for the participation and implementation of a district-wide approach of RAMS Way in all six of our schools,” said Dr. Maura Paczan, lead school psychologist. “From the elementary to our high school, it is exciting to see our staff, students and community members intentionally teach, model, practice and reinforce the expected schoolwide behaviors in all settings in the RAMS Way!” 

RAMS Way is a systematic approach of positive behavioral supports and interventions aimed at providing intentional and preventative measures to improve upon a positive school climate inside and outside of the classroom setting. Through RAMS Way, the district is able to establish a positive and welcoming culture with behavioral supports to help improve wellness, social, emotional, behavioral and academic outcomes for all students. 

“When all students know and understand the expectations, as they are explicitly defined and rewarded, it creates a positive environment filled with consistent values,” said Dr. Kristen Justus, assistant superintendent for elementary education and curriculum. “Students are better prepared to meet expectations and to focus on learning each day. The schools become very creative and collaborate with their students to ensure that incentives are motivating to them as well. The ultimate goal is to make what starts out as extrinsically rewarding, intrinsically rewarding as well, with students building self-confidence and excellent self-discipline and regulation skills.”

In recognition of their ongoing efforts, each school will be recognized at the PAPBS Network Implementers’ Forum in late November.