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SASD Schools Recognized as Schools of Recognition, Merit by Wisconsin RtI Center
Twelve schools in the Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) have been honored by the Wisconsin RtI Center for their work accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Cooper, Grant, Jackson, James Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln-Erdman, Longfellow, Pigeon River, Sheridan and Wilson Elementary Schools as well as Horace Mann Middle School received the highest recognition as a School of Distinction. Only 157 schools statewide were honored with this recognition. This is the third consecutive year the Sheridan received this recognition.

South High School has been selected as a School of Merit. This is the second consecutive year South High School has been recognized.

Seth Harvatine, Assistant Superintendent of Student & Instructional Services in the Sheboygan Area School District said, “As our district continues to implement PBIS in our schools, each year we have seen more schools recognized at the state level for their excellence. Our staff has done an outstanding job of implementing the components of PBIS in order to provide students with the behavior supports needed to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. The success of PBIS requires the involvement of every staff member and these recognitions reflect the on-going positive efforts of our dedicated staff.”

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide proactive framework that enables schools to be more effective and responsive to student social-emotional needs by implementing a multi-level system of support for behavior. PBIS acknowledges students who display appropriate behaviors and offers increasing levels of support for students who are having difficulty. Staff members teach and re-teach the expectations, as they would with an academic subject area.

Teaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of a school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. This approach improves the learning environment for our students. Research shows that when behavior issues are decreased, academic performance increases.

The Sheboygan Area School District is committed to the ongoing implementation and support of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports as outlined in Goal 2 in the Long Range Plan.

Schools received their awards at the annual PBIS Leadership Conference in August.

For more information on PBIS in the Sheboygan Area School District, visit our website at
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
June 18, 2015