“We've gathered data on students as a whole,” said Fischer. “Those students who are getting 10, 15, 20 write-ups through the year. How are we going to address their behavior and their behavior issues. And that's the tier 2 part.”
Tier 2 is for those kids who have been identified as "at risk" through a high number of behavior write-ups. These students will begin a check-in and check-out intervention program.
“They check-in with their teacher or an adult that we set-up that we feel would be a good fit for them and check-in at the beginning of the day,” said Fisher. “’How was your night.’ Get that one-on-one connection. ‘We want you to have a good day today. How can we help you do that?’”
The students will fill-out a behavior chart throughout the day and discuss the chart with his or her mentor during the check-out process.
“That constant building a relationship one-on-one with an individual and it’s not always their classroom teacher because how they see them every day,” said Fischer. “Maybe it’s their counselor, maybe it’s the school principal, maybe it’s a custodian, just someone to build a relationship with so that the student feels like they're valued and that someone cares about them.”
This is a feeling which is encouraging every student to put their best foot forward.
“We have gained so much as a school,” said Fischer. “We feel that the relationships with the students have grown a lot. We still have a lot to learn, but we still... we see with that common language and telling the kids the rules from the get-go throughout the year they can just refer to that. So, we've really had a lot of positive feedback.”