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Congratulations to our PBIS Award Winners

September 21, 2022


15 medals. That’s how many Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, awards the Parma City School District received this year!

PBIS programs in every school building in the district received either gold, silver, or bronze recognition from the Ohio PBIS Network and the Ohio Department of Education for the 2021-2022 School Year.

John Muir Elementary, Parma Senior High, and Thoreau Park Elementary received the gold recognition for all three tiers.

Dentzler Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Greenbriar Middle, Hillside Middle, Normandy High School, Parma Park Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Renwood Elementary, and Ridge-Brook Elementary earned the silver award for best practices in their tier II and tier I PBIS programs.

Pleasantview FirstStep Preschool, Shiloh Middle, and Valley Forge High School earned the bronze award for their tier I PBIS programs.

Tier I PBIS supports are school-wide programs that create a positive school environment with clear expectations for behaviors in the classroom and throughout the school. Tier II are additional and individualized supports and interventions for students that go beyond the school-wide programs. Tier III are intensive, individualized interventions for students exhibiting severe or persistent behavioral challenges who have not responded to prior supports at tier I or tier II levels.

Kira Karabanovs, Dean of Students at John Muir Elementary, said the team worked very hard to make sure the school maintained its gold status from last year.

“We are most proud of our Check in/Check out and Viking Connection program,” she shared. “Both of these programs connect our Vikings to a caring adult in the building to provide specific support.”

In addition, the school is very proud of the staff and the PBIS framework they have in place and plan to grow the mentorship program they have at the school.

“PBIS provides many ways staff and teachers can make a difference by making connections with our students,” Karabanovs expressed. “It is always awesome to be recognized for your work. This designation is special because it highlights our staff and how they understand the importance of relationships and supporting our students. They show up every day and find ways to love our students.”

Thoreau Park Elementary and Parma Senior High moved up in their awards this year, going from Silver to Gold, and many others made the jump from Bronze to Silver.

“We are honored to receive this designation. We have great tier I/II and tier III teams at PSH,” Parma High Dean of Students Maria Gingo expressed. “The Gold Level required a very close analysis of students that were not responding to our tier I and tier II interventions. Our tier III team worked diligently to find new ways to support students. We would not have been able to receive this designation without the expertise of our BCBA, Katie Cook.”

Even with the building closing after this school year, the staff is fully committed to doing what is best for students.

“We have a great system in place to support students,” Gingo shared. “We will be going for Gold designation again this year and we hope to continue to refine our systems of support for our students. We want to carry bits and pieces of our strong PBIS system to our next schools.”

Megan Garofalo, Dean of Students at Thoreau Park Elementary, said getting the gold in PBIS feels like all the hard work has paid off and is a true honor.

“We are so proud of all of our staff and students for maintaining a growth mindset and working hard to achieve this recognition,” she shared. “Our students work hard, participate in our programs, and show growth daily. We are also proud of all of the improvements and new systems that we have implemented over the past year.”

The school has ‘Panther of the Week’ that recognizes students for being Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn. Students earn reward cards that are pulled weekly with a small prize. They also have strong tier II supports in place, including a mentorship program and positive social skill groups.

“Our staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students,” Garofalo shared. “We also have amazing tier I, tier II, and tier III teams that work hard and collaborate frequently. One of our team members is our wonderful BCBA in our building, who is involved and extremely helpful to staff and students in the building.”

Thoreau Park just implemented a new tier I initiative called 'Paws for a Compliment' to improve hallway behavior, where classes work toward obtaining 50 compliments on their chart for a chance to spin the prize wheel for a whole class celebration.

“The key components to a successful PBIS program are the staff, the students, and the community,” she further expressed. “It takes the dedication and drive of all three groups of stakeholders. We are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of all involved with our PBIS programming/implementation and look forward to seeing the future of our school's system.”

Congratulations to all schools that received recognition for their PBIS programs! #PCSDProud