A Family, Community, and School Collaboration
Tapp Middle School fosters positive engagement with students, families, and the Mayor by promoting Tapp P.R.I.D.E., posting Words of Affirmation, and hosting Breakfast with the Mayor.
School-wide behavioral systems that engage family and community members lead to greater perceptions of school and community pride. Families develop deeper emotional connections with school staff and work together as equal partners to support student achievement and behavior. Community members are invited to share varying perspectives about core values that are important with students.
Tapp Middle School is actively implementing School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS). The Georgia Department of Education website for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports states that, “PBIS is an evidence-based, data driven framework to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement of positive student will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning”. Tapp Middle School’s school-wide expectations are PRIDE, which stands for Personal Best, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Effort. Teachers nominated students who demonstrated Determination during the month of February. Students, along with their families, attended breakfast with Powder Springs’s Mayor Al Thurmond.
Another way Tapp Middle School is fostering engagement with families is by posting words of affirmation. Mechelle Stephens, Parent Liaison, encourages teachers and families to post words of affirmation for students on “Get Engaged” boards located in the Main Office and lobby of Tapp Middle School. The PBIS team also has a family member represented on their school-wide team who collaborates with the team to develop solutions to enhance a positive school climate for staff, students, and the community.
Kelly McNabb, Supervisor
Positive School Culture
Contributing Author: Shantay Evans District PBIS Coach