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Sixteen LVJUSD Schools Receive PBIS Awards

September 14, 2022- Livermore, CA - A commitment to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) strategies by Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) schools has resulted in the award of sixteen 2022 California PBIS Coalition (CPC) recognitions. “PBIS is a set of strategies designed to create positive school environments by proactively defining, teaching, and supporting constructive student behaviors. I’m really proud of the progress we’ve made over the past few years related to PBIS. It is a solid part of our culture here at Junction,” expressed Principal Jeannette Garza.

Junction Avenue TK-8 was one of four schools, including Croce Elementary, Rancho Las Positas Elementary, and Mendenhall Middle School to receive Gold Awards, the highest level of recognition to date for Livermore schools since beginning the implementation of PBIS cohorts in 2018. “Since starting our PBIS work, we have seen continuous growth in our outcomes despite the challenges the last few years have presented. We have steadily built upon the idea that teaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive behavior results in our students’ demonstration of those skills at school. It’s truly a team effort with our classroom teachers, administration, and support staff all playing a role in helping our students connect to our Croce Cheetah core values of ‘Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe’,” shared Croce principal, Marni Angelo.

In addition to four Gold Awards, LVJUSD schools received 11 Silver Awards and one Bronze Award. The District has continued to invest in PBIS with ongoing training and coaching that further develops the fidelity of each school’s PBIS program. “These 16 recognitions represent the hard work our schools have done to create positive and supportive learning environments through PBIS and further validates our commitment to educate the whole child through our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Framework for Success,” expressed MTSS coach, Elizabeth Forde.

To be considered for an award, a school must submit a self-evaluation of their PBIS program using CPC’s Tiered Fidelity Index. This, as well as behavioral data and site visits from a local team, are provided to CPC for review. Site visits include interviews with PBIS team members, school administrators, staff, and students followed by classroom visits to observe positive interactions, classroom environments, and school expectations that are clearly defined and visible. Goal setting is also part of the application process as PBIS is designed to be a sustainable and ever-evolving process for the growth of healthy school environments. 

Congratulations to the following schools on their CPC PBIS award recognitions:

2022 California PBIS Coalition Gold Award
Croce Elementary
Junction Avenue TK-8
Rancho Las Positas Elementary
Mendenhall Middle 

2022 California PBIS Coalition Silver Award
Altamont Creek Elementary
Arroyo Seco Elementary
Christensen Middle 
Del Valle Continuation High 
East Avenue Middle
Jackson Avenue Elementary
Lawrence Elementary
Livermore High
Smith Elementary
Sunset Elementary
Vineyard Alternative

2022 California PBIS Coalition Bronze Award
Joe Michell TK-8

Photos courtesy of LVJUSD

Photo #1: Vice Principals Jeremy Vilkins and Donielle Machi and Principal Jeannette Garza with Junction Avenue TK-8 students in front of a PBIS poster that explains how to be respectful, responsible, and safe as a Junction Bulldog.

Junction administrators and students

Photo #2: Principal Marni Angelo and Croce students and an example of PBIS signage that reminds students of the Croce Cheetah core values.

Croce administrators and students