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Positive School Culture

All San José Unified schools use a culture and climate program to create a positive school climate for students, employees, and families. Building a positive school climate is a schoolwide initiative where positive expectations are integrated into all aspects of the school day. Combined with the use of social-emotional learning curriculum, the positive school climate programs establish a foundation of positive and proactive support. San José Unified provides school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Williams Elementary uses the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework for creating a safe, positive, equitable school where every student can feel valued, connected to the school community, and supported by caring adults.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based framework to promote positive behavior and create safe learning environments. Through PBIS, students co-develop and are taught expected behaviors and what they look like in the different campus settings. Students who display expected behaviors are positively acknowledged and rewarded.

Establishing school-wide expectations with students sets the tone for the classroom and helps build a healthy learning environment. PBIS is part of San José Unified’s tiered supports for students, and is used at most of our schools.  Student Services coaches provide support with program implementation and ongoing maintenance. The school PBIS team reviews discipline data on a regular basis and reteaches behavior expectations as needed.

Williams Schoolwide Matrix

Tools for Citizenship and Life:

Lifelong Guidelines provide consistent parameters and expectations for conduct in our classrooms as well as on our entire Williams campus. They also ensure that all students are in an environment that encourages exploring, discovering. and learning.“PERSONAL BEST” is defined by 18 LIFESKILLS. One or two LIFESKILLS will be introduced throughout our school each month. Students will arrive at common understandings of the meaning of each LIFESKILLS, and learn how to practice them. As we venture into learning and living each guideline and LIFESKILL, we invite you to join us on our journey. You can provide an important supportive role in the development of our school community.

Below Are the Lifelong Guidelines & LIFESKILLS:

TRUSTWORTHINESS: To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence
TRUTHFULNESS: To act with personal responsibility and mental accountability
ACTIVE LISTENING: To listen attentively and with intention to understand
NO PUT-DOWNS: To never use words, actions, and /or body language that degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others
PERSONAL BEST: To do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources
CARING: To feel and show concern for others
COMMON SENSE: To use good judgment
COOPERATION: To work together toward a common goal or purpose
COURAGE: To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences
CURIOSITY: A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world
EFFORT: To do your best
FLEXIBILITY: To be willing to alter plans when necessary
FRIENDSHIP: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
INITIATIVE: To do something, of one’s own free will, because it needs to be done
INTEGRITY: To act according to a sense of what’s right
ORGANIZATION: To plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way: to keep things orderly and ready to use
PATIENCE: To wait calmly for someone or something
PERSEVERANCE: To keep at it
PRIDE: Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best
PROBLEM SOLVING: To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems
RESOURCEFULNESS: To respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways
RESPONSIBILITY: To respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one’s actions
SENSE OF HUMOR: To laugh and be playful without harming others