SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – One tool that helps bring student success together is Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). Borrego Elementary is a PBIS campus, and the PBIS committee meets monthly to discuss concerns, possible solutions, and celebrations. PBIS is an approach to create a safe and productive learning environment by improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.
The members of the PBIS Committee are as follows: Nancy Jacquez – Librarian, Kevin Elizalde - Music Teacher, Miguel Mendez – Coach, Jennifer Martinez - 6th-grade teacher, Sandra Verdier - 5th-grade teacher, Saul Luna - 4th-grade teacher, Elena Moreira - 3rd-grade teacher, Vienna Gomez-Springer - Special Education Teacher, Lorena Mendoza - Special Education Teacher, Rocio Haynes – Counselor, Veronica Brashear - Assistant Principal, and Teresa Wilks – Principal.
The campus expectations and essentially the core values as they are referred to are "Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. As part of our PBIS process to encourage positive behavior at our school, students who demonstrate these three core values during a specified period are invited to participate in our PBIS celebration. Some of our previous PBIS activities include turkey bowling and movie and hot chocolate. Students that have met the set criteria will play Among Us this month.
Alfonso Borrego Sr. Elementary School celebrates student's accomplishments in a variety of ways. Students with perfect attendance and A or A/B Honor Roll are awarded a certificate during our virtual awards ceremonies. Students who reach their Accelerated Reading goals receive a fun activity award. Our PBIS celebrations recognize our students who remain engaged and maintain good behavior. Principals Wilks states, "Positive behavior is the cornerstone for academic success and helps set the foundation for effective student learning. Therefore, it is vital that both are equally celebrated."
We have a saying, "Attendance Matters! Every student. Every day." Good student attendance goes hand in hand with student success. We have worked together to ensure that our students have the necessary tools to log on to their classes. Students are issued chrome books, and students who have internet connection issues are provided with a hot spot. Chromebooks that no longer work are replaced for students. We will continue to work together with our campus community to overcome barriers that may interfere with student learning.
Excellence in academics is recognized through awards assemblies and fun activities. A and A/B Honor recognitions are held every nine weeks. Our students are recognized with certificates and shout outs. Our last Accelerated Reading celebration had the students bowling against the principal. Needless to say, the students are much better bowlers than the principal!
All celebrations continue to be held virtually. It continues to be our goal to ensure that our students are recognized for their accomplishments, and are encouraged to continue to do well.