The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to honor the staff and students of Ponus Ridge Middle School for their success in implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, also known as PBIS. In recognition of their work on PBIS, Ponus has been named a Connecticut PBIS Banner School by the State Education Resource Center.
Criteria for recognition as a Banner school includes effective implementation of key PBIS features, a focus on decreasing the over-representation of referrals with students of color, and a commitment to continuous improvement. The State Education Resource Center found all these features evident at Ponus Ridge.
Ponus introduced the PBIS program in 2010, and was the first school in Norwalk to do so. The school-wide PBIS program established a standard set of procedures and expectations for students, and rewards those who meet the school’s high standards. From the time they enter Ponus, students are made aware of the behavior that is expected of them at all times, whether it’s in the classroom, cafeteria or hallways. Those expectations are also reinforced continually throughout the school year. Ask any student at Ponus, and they will tell you that Ponus PRIDE stands for Perseverance, Respect, Intelligence, Diversity and Excellence. Students who exhibit the elements of Ponus pride are rewarded with special privileges, prizes and awards, and positive postcards home.
By shining a spotlight on positive behavior, Ponus has created a culture of respect and achievement that has changed the climate at the school. Among the results is a dramatic drop in school suspensions, which have declined by more than 50% each year since PBIS has been in place.
Congratulations to the entire Ponus Ridge Middle School community for its recognition as a PBIS Banner School.