Schools recognized for successful behavior intervention programs

Schools recognized for successful behavior intervention programs

Several Charles County public schools were honored by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on Friday, Aug. 14, for their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. PBIS programs incorporate school activities that focus on creating safer and more effective schools. Program elements include reinforcement of desirable behavior, use of tangible and social reinforcements, and clear and consistent response to behavioral violations.

School-based PBIS teams are supported by school system coaches, usually school psychologists, who have expertise in functional behavioral assessment and system change. MSDE awards PBIS schools with one of three awards: Gold, Silver or Bronze.

Twenty eight schools received a Gold PBIS award:

  • C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School;
  • Berry Elementary School;
  • Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School;
  • William A. Diggs Elementary School;
  • Gale-Bailey Elementary School;
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School;
  • Indian Head Elementary School;
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School;
  • Malcolm Elementary School;
  • Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
  • Arthur Middleton Elementary School;
  • Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School;
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School;
  • J.C. Parks Elementary School;
  • J.P. Ryon Elementary School;
  • Eva Turner Elementary School;
  • William B. Wade Elementary School;
  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
  • John Hanson Middle School;
  • Matthew Henson Middle School;
  • Mattawoman Middle School;
  • Piccowaxen Middle School;
  • General Smallwood Middle School;
  • Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Benjamin Stoddert Middle School;
  • North Point High School; and
  • Thomas Stone High School.

T.C. Martin Elementary and Maurice J. McDonough High schools received a Silver PBIS award, and Dr. James Craik Elementary School and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center received a Bronze award.

Schools are nominated by their school system for the awards. Each school undergoes an on-site visit by members of the Maryland PBIS leadership team. Schools are evaluated using the systems evaluation tool (SET) and benchmarks of quality standards set by MSDE through interviews with school staff and students, and an overall determination of how well the school implements critical features of the program. Gold awards are the highest level award a school or center can receive.

Schools are eligible for PBIS awards if they have an active administration, have a PBIS team that meets monthly, have submitted required forms on time and have collected and reviewed program data and results. Schools are also evaluated on data showing improvement and achievement as a result of the program, and documentation supporting the implementation of PBIS activities in the school.

For more information on PBIS programs, visit the MSDE website at

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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