Sugar Creek Elementary School was the first in Verona Area School District to fully embrace Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

Now, it’s the first in the district to be named a School of Distinction by the state PBIS network, which helps schools implement the program. PBIS is among the “positive” behavior programs that has spread to other VASD schools since Sugar Creek first took it on in 2008.

The school was among 162 named Schools of Distinction statewide this year. Sugar Creek received a letter outlining its achievement June 1.

“This culminates a long process of documenting our school’s efforts to use behavioral data to increase ALL of our students’ academic and behavioral successes each day,” principal Todd Brunner wrote in an email to parents. “It is a notable achievement and one we could not have reached were it not for our incredible staff and the fabulous students we have here, as well as the ongoing support of our families.”

The school had previously been recognized as a School of Merit for PBIS, a designation Glacier Edge Elementary School has also achieved. A School of Distinction, though, must sustain a set of goals for at least two years and use detailed student data to help with its implementation.

The requirements include scoring above a “fidelity” threshold on a Benchmarks of Quality assessment and having the student data disaggregated by race and disability.

The school will receive a banner, recognition at the annual state PBIS conference and a free registration to the conference or a free copy of a related book.

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