Five Lincoln County elementary schools were recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for their participation and excellence in introducing positive behavior in their classrooms. Catawba Springs, Iron Station, Love Memorial, North Brook and S.R. Lowder elementary schools are among 383 schools chosen across the state for excellence in the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) practices at a "high level of fidelity" — one of three levels available to participating schools in the DPI's program. Administrators interested in having their schools recognized were required to submit documentation showing how good behavior is being implemented and is apparent on their campuses, including academic data and results. The area schools that were chosen were selected based on behavioral and academic improvements. In hopes of keeping a healthy and productive environment, participating schools use practices incorporated by administrators and teachers to further the message of the importance of having a positive attitude at school. "PBIS provides a common framework and language for students and staff," schools Superintendent Sherry Hoyle told the Times-News last week. "We believe that PBIS provides a more proactive approach to addressing behavioral issues that impact school climate and student performance." S. Ray Lowder Principal Donald Welch credits the work of his faculty and their "complete buy in" to the program, in his school getting selected by the state for four years.


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