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Excelsior Springs schools are gold standard for PBS

Administrators from the Excelsior Springs School District went to Tan-Tar-A last week expecting to learn about Positive Behavior Support tactics and techniques—and instead, they learned that the rest of the state is looking to them for guidance.

All three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school all received recognition for their PBS programs. Superintendent of Schools John Lacy announced at last week’s meeting of the Excelsior Springs Board of Education that Excelsior Springs High School earned a “bronze” level of recognition, while Elkhorn Elementary School achieved a “silver” level. Excelsior Springs Middle School, Lewis Elementary School and Westview Elementary School all received a “gold” level of recommendation—notable not just because it’s the highest level of recommendation possible, but also because no other schools in the Kansas City area received even one gold level, and Excelsior Springs had three.

Following the announcement at last Monday’s school board meeting, Excelsior Springs School District staff members were officially recognized for their efforts by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the University of Missouri Center for School Wide Positive Behavior Support at the annual Summer Training Institute 2013 at Tan-Tar-A.

ESSD staffers gave five presentations at the institute: Karla Arnold, Chris Hubbuch, Christi Rice and John Lacy gave a talk on “District Leadership to Support Tiers 1-3,” while Marla Berry, Christen Everett, Stacie Syler and Katrina Yoakum focused on “Our Road to PBS Success.” “Tier 3 Systems” was presented by Keelie Stucker, Molly Kuebler and Valerie Staponski, and Michelle Nebel and Hubbuch gave a presentation entitled “Enter the World of Social Media. “Collaborative Teaming: How to Align Work Across Initiatives” was the topic of a presentation given by Reecie Hale, Jennifer Howerton, Amy Olinger and Rita Linhart.

Those who attended the conference said they were hoping to learn some new methods to incorporate PBS into their classrooms and other activities, but learned that much of the state was either using tactics developed in Excelsior Springs, or the other school districts were wanting to implement features of Excelsior Springs’ PBS.

Front row, from left: Lauren Henrichs and Christiana Farabee.  Second row:  Angie Smith, Jennifer Kilgore, Andrea Marsh, Mollie Kuebler, Chelsea Wallace and Stacy Syler. Third row: Christi Rice, Jennifer Howerton, Candy Teegarden, Christen Evert, Keelie Stucker and Dr. Karla Arnold. Back row: Dr. John Lacy, Zac Ganzer, Amy Olinger, Jake Bradshaw, Angela Bright, Reecie Hale, Rita Linhart, Marla Berry, Katrina Yoakum, Val Staponski, Larry Nelson and Chris Hubbuch. (Submitted photo)

Front row, from left: Lauren Henrichs and Christiana Farabee. Second row: Angie Smith, Jennifer Kilgore, Andrea Marsh, Mollie Kuebler, Chelsea Wallace and Stacy Syler. Third row: Christi Rice, Jennifer Howerton, Candy Teegarden, Christen Evert, Keelie Stucker and Dr. Karla Arnold. Back row: Dr. John Lacy, Zac Ganzer, Amy Olinger, Jake Bradshaw, Angela Bright, Reecie Hale, Rita Linhart, Marla Berry, Katrina Yoakum, Val Staponski, Larry Nelson and Chris Hubbuch. (Submitted photo)

By Eric Copeland • eric@leaderpress.com

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