Daniell Middle School Recognizes Student Success

Swimming into Positive Behavior! 

Daniell Middle School continues to improve school-wide student behavior, build student-staff relationships, and highlight student successes through the implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports.

For the past three years, the Daniell Middle School Dolphins have made building school culture and climate a priority, through implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Through the PBIS framework, Daniell teaches their students to “SWIM” – show respect, work hard, improve our school, and make good choices. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and other support staff continue to model and teach this positive behavior to the students, and the results are showing.

This year alone, student referrals have decreased by over 50%, leading to an increase in student attendance and engagement in the classroom. Monthly data is shared with staff and students. Use of data for problem solving and collaboration is set as a priority. Students are frequently recognized for their positive behavior, with shout outs from administration, and monthly Dolphin Days where students earn activity time with friends, trips to the Hot Spot Store run by PTSA and opportunities to connect with more teachers.

With a mindset of supporting the whole student, Daniell continues to stand by its vision of meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of students, by building positive relationships across the school.


Kelly McNabb, Supervisor
Positive School Culture

Kathleen Greb, Contributing Author


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