State College Areas School District's Behavior ProgramSCASD has adopted a District Wide behavior program philosophy that is a comprehensive effort to integrate critical elements of School Wide Positive Behavior Supports Programs (SWPBS) and utilize common language for the purpose of fostering and maintaining a safe, supportive, nurturing school climate that effectively promotes responsive teaching and learning throughout a students' educational career.
When it comes to bullying, every State College Area School District building has established a school-wide positive behavior supports (SWPBS) program that is unique to the school while still maintaining the common philosophy laid out in our four pillars of instructional focus. Two of these pillars are:
Culture of Trust, Relationships and Collaboration
Welcoming and Safe Climate for Learning and Work
These two pillars directly relate to our inclusive school climate and a zero-tolerance approach to harassment or bullying. Every school takes the initiative to prevent bullying through our SWPBS programs, which educate students on the effects of bullying and the importance of accepting all students for who they are.
We take any accusation of bullying seriously and if you, or someone you know, is being bullied, please reach out to any teacher or principal so we can resolve the situation in a restorative manner.
Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network http://http://www.papbs.org/Home.aspx?PageID=68a5038d-36df-414f-8e1f-a78737463ace
Safe and Supportive Schools http://http://www.pdesas.org/Instruction/InterventionsBuilding SWPBS ProgramsEach Building has established a SWPBS program in their building that is unique to the building but still maintains the common philosophy utilizing the four pillars of the District's instructional focus:
1. Culture of Trust, Relationships and Collaboration
2. Responsive Teaching and Learning
3. High Expectations for ALL
4. Welcoming and Safe Climate for Learning and WorkLinks to building SWPBS Programs:Easterly Elementary SchoolFerguson Township Elementary SchoolGrays Woods Elementary SchoolRadio Park Elementary SchoolState High SchoolBuilding EventsStompers Project - Stompers Project Aims To Stomp Out the Stigma Around Mental Health
According to NAMI, one in four adults suffer from a mental health disorder each year and over four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental or emotional disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. Furthermore, suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth 15-24 years old and although the elderly make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they now account for more than 20 percent of suicides each year as do military veterans.
The Stompers Project by Jana Marie Foundation uses art, music, stories and other forms of creative expression to educate the community and help stomp out the stigma that surrounds mental and emotional health. In the months ahead, Jana Marie Foundation and our team of artist partners, including Annalisa Barron, Mark Pilato, Mel Forkner Lesher, and Chris Bittner, will work with local schools and organizations to help people decorate parts of sneakers for use in a Stomper sculpture, involve them in actually crafting a Stomper, and engage them in dialogue around mental and emotional health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bullying, PTSD, and more.
A QR code will be posted on signs near each Stomper connecting viewers to a website that will feature a video of the making of that specific Stomper, a selection of stories and comments shared by people who helped to craft it, and links to additional resources and information on mental and emotional health issues.
Says Jana Marie Foundation President Marisa Brown, “It’s time to stop the hiding and end the shame. Mental health disorders can effectively be treated. No one needs to suffer and no one needs to lose their life. The Stompers Project sculptures and website will help engage and inform the community, bringing mental health to the forefront as a crucial community concern.”
Learn more at www.stompersproject.org.
Park Forest Middle School unveiled its Stompers Project sculpture, titled “Take Flight” and made from sneakers. Students worked on the sculpture in collaboration with artists Mel Forkner Lesher, Mark Pilato, Chris Bittner, Nancy Vicere and Marisa Vicere Brown during a 2-week residency.
In addition Stompers Projecs have been created by Delta, MNMS and English Langauge Learners.Park Forest Middle SchoolStudents participating with the president of the Jana Marie Foundation Marissa Brown and sculptor Mark Pilato.