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Purple PRIDE pulses through Cloquet school


June 19, 2020

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Washington Elementary School was one of 67 schools and six school districts recognized by the state for its successful work using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports for the 2019-20 school year. Last spring, students used chalk and sidewalks to express positive attitudes in school and in life. In addition to the daily work of setting expectations and rewarding positive behavior, the school's PBIS team also plans events and spirit days for students and staff, such as pancake breakfasts for staff, or a winter wonderland experience for students.

Cloquet's Washington Elementary School got some positive reinforcement of its own earlier this month, when the Minnesota Department of Education named it a Sustaining Exemplar School for its successful work using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports.

Students and parents at Washington don't call it PBIS, though - for them it's "Purple PRIDE." PRIDE stands for having a Positive attitude, being Respectful, Including others and Doing your best Everyday. It is essentially a code of conduct, explained principal Robbi Mondati, implemented by teaching kids in a positive way what they exp...

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