Falcons have thin, tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and change direction rapidly. The flight of falcons is fast and direct with the wings rapidly digging through the air. Their spirit has vision, victory, success, dominance, leadership, authority, freedom, and superiority. Whenever the falcons appear anywhere around us, there is always an important message involved.
PBIS is an acronym for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. As mentors, coaches, teachers, etc., we believe that if we describe, explain, and recognize model behaviors in school, that it will reduce intervention for problematic behaviors. These behaviors, or expectations, provide a structure for an environment that is conducive to learning. We know, too, that building good habits and characteristics will push beyond the walls of the school building, enhancing and enriching students’ lives as adults in the world.
To that end, Briar Woods has been tasked with defining those wanted behaviors and constructing pillars to represent them. With staff and student input, we have redesigned our behavior pillars mantra to FLY. The letters of this action verb represent the characteristics that we want to embody both as adults and students at Briar Woods High School. They stand for: F - Be Fearless; L - Be Loyal; Y - Be You!
As we continue to build these pillars and the common characteristics and behaviors, we will look to students and staff to define what each of these pillars will represent and what those behaviors should look like. We will ask questions in advisory and in each class over the remainder of this year and into next about what it looks like to be a Falcon, specifically what it means to be fearless and loyal and you. Students will have input on how we define and recognize these pillars.
We look forward to celebrating our students as they FLY!