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LPS Climate and Environment Shared Vision

We are a caring community that knows and lifts every child. All employees, parents, and community members appreciate and honor the unique contributions each brings to our education community. Therefore, we see a school district where we:

  1. Provide a safe, joyful, welcoming environment for all who enter and a place where students are eager to learn. 
  2. Respect, value, empower, and trust one another
  3. Celebrate the uniqueness of each individual in a climate of acceptance and understanding
  4. Value open, honest, and two-way communication among all stakeholders(families, students, staff, and community). 
  5. Invite parents and community members to be active partners
  6. Benefit from facilities that are updated, well maintained, and contain cutting-edge technology and equipment.  

In order to accomplish Livonia's shared vision for our school's culture and environment, we, at Kennedy, utilize  community and character building programs. These programs are geared toward sponsoring a positive, warm, and welcoming environment.  

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidenced based framework that aims to support students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health.   Its aim is to meet the needs of ALL students. This school-wide approach to discipline focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can be successful.

 The foundation of PBIS at Kennedy Elementary is built on school-wide expectations: We are Respectful, We are Responsible, We are Safe.

Our PBIS team members have developed school-wide behavioral expectations and an acknowledgement system. This framework is designed to be implemented consistently across all settings within our school. We strive to assist our student population in being successful in all areas of their educational journey including their academic, social, and behavioral needs.

In addition to our behavior expectations, PBIS is supported by the following components:

  • A behavior matrix which explains behavior expectations in our school setting

  • Direct teaching of the expectations

  • PBIS recognition assemblies/events

  • Use of the Star Bucks system as reward for positive behavior which allows students to “shop” our store monthly.  

A School-Wide Positive Behavior Support system is a set of strategies and systems created to increase the capacity of schools to (a) reduce school disruption, and (b) educate all students including those with problem behaviors. It consists of:

  • Clearly defined outcomes

  • Research-validated practices

  • Supportive administrative systems

  • Use of information for problem solving

Features of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support:

  • Establish regular, predictable, and positive learning & teaching environments

  • Train adults & peers to serve as positive models

  • Teach and model behavioral expectations

  •  Create systems for providing regular positive feedback

  • Acknowledge students when they are “doing the right thing”

  •  Improve social-emotional competence

  • Develop environments that support academic success