A pair of Verona Area School District elementary schools received recognition for their implementation of support systems in behavior.

The state Department of Public Instruction and Response to Intervention Center awarded both Sugar Creek and Stoner Prairie elementary schools bronze-level recognition this month for creating “an equitable, multi-level system of supports,” according to a DPI letter announcing the awards.

“Creating a system that meets the needs of ALL students is rewarding work that takes the determination of many,” the letter states.

The award comes as schools around the district continue their implementation of various behavior initiatives, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, which focuses on teaching and recognizing students’ good behavior rather than giving attention to misbehavior. Sugar Creek was the first school in the district to begin implementing the protocol, and Stoner Prairie had a new principal for the 2018-19 school year in Tammy Thompson-Kapp.

The bronze recognition goes to school that are “at full implementation/fidelity in one content area at the universal level for at least one year,” according to the letter.

The program recognizes schools for sustaining the implementation and supporting improved outcomes for students, according to the release. The silver, gold and platinum awards all require longer and broader implementation.

“The work you have done lays a solid foundation for the future expansion and refinement of your equitable, multi-level system of supports,” the letter states.

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