Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) & Bullying

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), also known as Character Education

Character Education is "the deliberate effort by schools, families, and communities to help young people understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values." Character as it relates to character education is most often used to refer to how "good" a person is - in other words, a person who exhibits personal qualities which fit with those considered desirable by a society might be considered to have good character and developing such personal qualities is often then seen as a purpose of education.

One of the nine (9) positive student attributes identified in the Appleton Area School District is that the AASD will provide learning experiences that will develop students who are cooperative and able to effectively function in a diverse environment. In order to reinforce the development of this attribute, the AASD continues to make concerted efforts to ensure that all students are provided with academic and effective educational strands that support preparing our students for their futures.

The six (6) traits of character education:  

  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

Utilizing the above traits, students in the AASD are provided with multiple avenues and opportunities to receive instruction in character education at each site including those sites that are additionally implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as their framework for character education. It also is the framework used to provide a safe, positive, consistent and predictable learning environment for all students, staff and families.

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East staff members are committed to creating an emotionally, socially and physically safe environment while fostering positive relationships with staff, students and families. To have a great school, we all must take a stand AND remain active in creating an environment, and a culture, in which all students are treated with respect and kindness.

Students must know that Appleton East is a place where they can learn, grow and thrive, free from the fears of being harassed or bullied or picked on. We appreciate your support, and all of your on-going efforts, in helping us to achieve a bully-free school for ALL students.

The Appleton Area School District and the staff of Appleton East are committed to providing a safe, secure, and healthy environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. The Board of Education and staff consider bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process.

Bullying Policy - 443.71

What is bullying?

Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm. Bullying includes aggressive and hostile behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the bullied and is behavior that is repeated over time rather than an isolated incident. This behavior may include, but is not limited to, physical and verbal assaults, nonverbal or emotional threats or intimidation, harassment, social exclusion and isolation, extortion, use of computer or telecommunications to send messages that are embarrassing, slanderous, threatening or intimidating (cyber-bullying). Bullying may also include teasing, putdowns, name calling, rumors, false accusations, and hazing.

Bullying based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in its education programs or activities is also prohibited by law and Board policy. In addition, the District prohibits bullying or discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

What are students learning about bullying and prevention?Learn more about STOPit

Bullying occurs at all grade levels and within and across all groups of students. Appleton East has taken a firm stance toward bullying. Consequences for bullying type behaviors may range from a warning to expulsion. Bullying that goes undetected in our building is generally bullying that is unreported. Students who are witnesses to or victims of bullying in any form are highly encouraged to report the bullying to a teacher, administration, school social worker, guidance counselor, or the PSL.

Once informed, East has been highly successful in putting a stop to bullying situations. The school also works hard through mediation to reach a resolution between the parties involved in the bullying issue.

Are staff trained?

All staff members are trained to report bullying to administration when bearing witness or being informed of a bully situation. There are multiple staff members trained in conflict resolution. East currently has an Advisory period twice a week that will help staff and students connect which will lead to the identification of any bullying or harassment issues that may be surfacing. In addition PBIS (positive behavioral intervention support) is in place to recognize and promote the positive culture and climate for all.

East administration regularly meets with students from diverse backgrounds and beliefs to talk about issues that concern them. A unit on bullying and harassment is a standard part of the freshmen health curriculum. Each year, all sophomores take part in a harassment prevention presentation put on by Climb Theatre. There are also several student groups at East involved with raising awareness and concern about the problem of bullying inside and outside our school environment.

Lastly, East sponsors "Words Hurt Week," which brings a number of community resources and speakers to the school site to raise awareness on the negative impact that bullying and harassment has on our society.

What can parents do?

To be most effective, bullying prevention efforts are the shared responsibility of parents, staff, and community. Parental pride and involvement in the school sets a positive example for children. As adults, we can:

  • Teach self-respect.
  • Discuss the seriousness and negative effects of bullying behaviors.
  • Work together with your child’s school to develop a consistent approach to bullying behaviors.
  • Set a good example. Children learn more by actions than from words.

Read more about Bullying Prevention and Response in the AASD