Presentation Title

Student PBIS Team and De-Escalation Techniques Promote Positive Climate

Brief Biography

Middle School Principal - Joy S. Scavella, Ed. S.

Mrs. Joy S. Warren was born and raised in Hancock County, GA . She comes from a family of

many educators to include both parents and grandparents. Learning the importance of education at

an early age, she graduated from Hancock Central High School and matriculated at Georgia College

and State University. As the only sibling of four to follow in her parents’ and grandparents’ footsteps,

she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Middle Grades Education(1998), a

Master’s degree in Educational Leadership (2000) and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership

(2002) all from Georgia College & State University.

Mrs. Warren believes that all students can achieve academic success with the right guidance and

support in an environment that embraces a high level of safety and high academic expectations. She

affirms that the key ingredient to success is instilling the habit of reading. Instilling the love for reading

in students is important because words, spoken and written, are the building blocks of life. It is

fundamental to function in today's society, helps to develop the mind, the imagination and creativity.

Since 1998, Mrs. Warren has served children and youth in the middle and elementary setting. She

taught Science, English, and Reading in the middle school setting in Washington County, GA at

T. J. Elder Middle School and all subjects at the elementary level in Bibb County, GA at Burdell-Hunt

Magnet School. She went on to serve as an assistant principal at Hunt Elementary School in Fort

Valley, Peach County, GA for five years and served as the principal of Fort Valley Middle School in Fort

Valley Peach County, GA for two years. Mrs. Warren has served as the principal of Clements Middle School with the Newton County School System (NCSS) since August 2010 to present.

Her goal is to meet the individual needs of students and maximize their academic and social potential

by utilizing all stakeholders and technological resources with a holistic approach to produce high-school

ready, college and career focused, productive citizens. Her motto is “Excellence without Excuses” as she

believes that ALL students can achieve high levels of academic success!

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Joy S. Warren, Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (GA College & State University)

Meghan Roper, Masters Degree in Middle Grades Education (GA College & State University)

Christi Zelek, Masters Degree in Special Education Administration & Supervision, and Emotional Behavior Disorders (Clemson University)

Presentation Abstract

Clements Middle School, located in Newton County, Covington, GA, implemented PBIS for the first time in August 2012. After the school’s first year of implementation, Clements reached Operational status, which is the highest level of achievement in regards to PBIS. Implementation of PBIS during the 2012-2013 school year, transformed the climate at Clements Middle into a positive one that also played a major role in increasing student achievement and academic success. In the spring of 2013, student state testing data showed a significant increase in all content areas. During the second year of implementation, 2013-2014, Clements Middle School maintained Operational status. This was not an easy task, however, through the hard work and commitment of the PBIS School-based Team, District Coach, and the concerted efforts of all Clements Middle School Staff, we were able to accomplish this again for a second time. After the third year of implementation (2014-15), Clements Middle School still continued to show progress and maintain a positive school climate with an Operational Status. Now with the assistance of the Student PBIS Team and the use of de-escalation techniques by all staff, Clements plan to take positive interventions and supports to the next level. PBIS has definitely made a difference in the overall climate and academic success of students and staff at Clements Middle School.

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Student PBIS Team and De-Escalation Techniques Promote Positive Climate

Clements Middle School, located in Newton County, Covington, GA, implemented PBIS for the first time in August 2012. After the school’s first year of implementation, Clements reached Operational status, which is the highest level of achievement in regards to PBIS. Implementation of PBIS during the 2012-2013 school year, transformed the climate at Clements Middle into a positive one that also played a major role in increasing student achievement and academic success. In the spring of 2013, student state testing data showed a significant increase in all content areas. During the second year of implementation, 2013-2014, Clements Middle School maintained Operational status. This was not an easy task, however, through the hard work and commitment of the PBIS School-based Team, District Coach, and the concerted efforts of all Clements Middle School Staff, we were able to accomplish this again for a second time. After the third year of implementation (2014-15), Clements Middle School still continued to show progress and maintain a positive school climate with an Operational Status. Now with the assistance of the Student PBIS Team and the use of de-escalation techniques by all staff, Clements plan to take positive interventions and supports to the next level. PBIS has definitely made a difference in the overall climate and academic success of students and staff at Clements Middle School.