When new families come to Sherwood Elementary, they often ask about “the rules of the school”. Sherwood Elementary staff and students can proudly respond with a very positive answer to this question: "Archer Actions".
Sherwood’s Archer Actions were developed by staff and they are simply four actions Sherwood teaches, models and expects each student to display:
- Take Care of Yourself.
- Take Care of Others.
- Take Care of the Environment.
- Be a Problem-Solver.
The Archer Actions are under a larger framework called PBIS. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support and consists of “systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes in school communities while preventing problem behaviors. The key attributes of PBIS include preventive activities, data-based decision making and a problem solving orientation.” (www.education.ohio.gov). As for bullying behavior, “stand-alone and short term programs are frequently the least effective approaches to bullying behavior change; however, the PBIS approach has consistently led to improved academic and behavioral outcomes.” (Angel Rhodes; Ohio School Counselor Association).
Today, the Sherwood PBIS Committee meets monthly to review concerns and plan for continuing this very important work.
Overall, Sherwood Archer Actions focus on what positive behavior expectations look and sound like in each school environment: classroom, hallway, cafeteria, bathroom, playground and bus. Each expectation is taught at the beginning of each year. In addition, Sherwood hosts booster sessions after long breaks or when the need arises. The common Archer Action language is used by all staff members for consistency and accountability. In addition, Shwerwood developed an acknowledgement system to reinforce the positive Archer Action behaviors via two approaches: Archer Action stickers and Archer Action celebration circles.
When a child demonstrates an Archer Action in the moment, then staff members are encouraged to acknowledge this by giving the child a sticker. The sticker has Archer mascot and a statement to elicit conversation, “Ask me about my Archer Action.”
When a child demonstrates a single Archer Action or multiple Archer Actions consistently, then staff members are encouraged to acknowledge this by giving the child a celebration circle. The circle is then given to the Sherwood principals for them to recognize this student. The principals will invite the student to the front office for a celebration moment and provide a certificate of recognition to be treasured and shared at home for further celebration.