Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
is a joint effort between Milwaukee Public SchoolsOffice of Family Services and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association to effectively reduce classroom disruptions and student suspensions through a school-wide systematic tiered-intervention approach. Data shows that schools that implement PBIS with fidelity see decreases in disruptions and suspensions and increases in student achievement.
Hawley Spirit Days
Periodically, students and staff have the opportunity to have some fun and dress up! Some of the themes of spirit days include: Red, White and Blue Day; Crazy Hat/Hair Day; Crazy Sock/Slipper Day; and Hawaiian Dress Day. Parents can find out when spirit days are coming by looking at the monthly school calendar that is sent home.
Students in Grades 1-5 keep track of how much they read at home. Students log the time they spend reading on a Resourceful Readers chart that must be signed by a parent and returned to the student’s classroom teacher by the designated due date. Students in different grades are required to read for different amounts of time. Students who reach the milestones of 500-1000 minutes are recognized by having their name read on the schoolwide announcement system.
Environmental Classroom Representatives
Each classroom has an “EE Rep”. They work on school wide projects that promote environmentalism around our school.
Each classroom has a greenhouse caretaker. That student waters all the plants that thier classroom is growing in our school greenhouse.
Read to Succeed Program
The Read to Succeed Program, sponsored by Six Flags and Weekly Reader, motivates students to read and rewards them with a free Six Flags admission coupon. This program takes place in the spring. Students need to read for a total of six hours during a designated two-month period. Students and their families must fill out and return the reading log to their classroom teacher in order to receive their ticket at the end of school year.
Hawley Family Nights
Hawley hosts a Fall Family Night and a Science Family Night during the school year. These events are great opportunities for families to do hands-on activities with one another. During family nights, dinner is served, door prizes are given and parent meetings are held.
Hawley is a bucket filling school! Bucket Filling is a program based off the children’s book Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kidsby Carol McCloud. Bucket filling is an easy to understand concept: Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy and when our buckets are empty, we feel sad. Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, caring and respectful. They also learn that when they are mean, uncaring or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. Even the youngest child understands that actions and words can either fill a bucket or dip into it. During the rest of the school year, we are encouraging, reminding, and recognizing everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at home, at school and everywhere they go. We are excited about this new program and look forward to your support. If you would like to learn more about bucket filling, visit the bucket Fillers website.