• Be Safe - Be Ready - Be Respectful

    Response to Intervention (RtI) 
    Most children learn successfully in the general education classroom setting using the core curriculum. For some students, this may be a struggle, and they could benefit from support based on their individual needs. Experts define Response to Intervention (RtI) as a:

    ...multi-step approach to providing services and interventions to struggling students. Teachers systematically monitor student progress at each intervention stage, using the results to make research-based decisions about intervention in general education, special education, or both.

    Our district's RtI process begins with this premise: all students can learn and be successful if given the right curriculum, instruction, and learning environment. This belief ensures that every teacher is involved in a process that supports every student. Click here to learn more about Response to Intervention.
    Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) 
    Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is the District 65-adopted approach to behavior intervention and supports that help children achieve important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviors and improving school climate. Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We have seen improvements in the students’ behavior when the social and behavioral expectations are clear and are directly taught.

    The PBIS System has four components:
    • The Dolphin Do’s-A Matrix of Behavioral Expectations
    • Cool Tools-Lesson plans used to teach students the Behavioral Expectations.
    • Gotchas- An Acknowledgment/Reinforcement System
    • Office Discipline Referral Forms (ODRs)
    How parents can partner:
    Your help with PBIS is imperative. You can assist the school staff in a number of ways:
    1. Please remind your child of the Dolphin Do’s each day before he/she leaves for school. BE SAFE - BE READY - BE RESPECTFUL
    2. If your child has had some difficulty behaving, use the matrix as a tool to go over and reinforce specific expected behaviors. If you do this before school, you will be helping to pre-correct what goes on during the school day.
    3. Help your child BE READY, by helping him/her get up and be at school on time. Children should arrive between 8:50 and 9:00. School begins at 9:00. Students who are tardy are disruptive to everyone, and often have a poor start to the school day.
    4. After school, ask your child how many Gotchas he/she earned and find out what behaviors were exhibited in order to earn these tickets. Please offer your child extra praise and reinforcement for these behaviors.
    5. You might try to use the same language at home. You might even add a column to the matrix showing expected at-home behaviors.
    6. Please help monitor school expectations when at school with your child for events. For example, please remind your child that he/she should walk inside the school at the Potluck dinner, and remind your child that we leave snow on the ground after school.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with your child’s teacher.
    The Dolphin Store
    Students receive Gotchas! when they are caught being a Lincoln Leader. They will likely come home with news of receiving a Gotcha! and they will have opportunities to participate in celebrations and make purchases at our Lincoln Store, using their Gotchas! Some of these will include whole-school celebrations, such as designated days for Pajama Day or Fancy Day, which will fall on the School Improvement Days, which are half-days for students. Other celebrations may include grade-level or classroom celebrations, which will be communicated at the grade or classroom level. The store will also include classroom celebrations that can be redeemed using class gotchas. Examples may include game time with Ms. Behrman, lunch with Ms. Calderon or Ms. Cooney, among others.
    Our Lincoln store will be open once per month. We will continue to open the store on Fridays.