Western Heights Middle school receives state award
Western Heights Middle School received a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Exemplar School Award from the Maryland State Department of Education.
The state's PBIS Leadership Team presented the award to Assistant Principal Jennifer Ruppenthal for outstanding work in implementing the program.
PBIS programs provide a schoolwide focus to behavior management to support positive learning environments for all students. Last year, more than 150 Maryland schools were implementing the PBIS process.
"Western Heights has completed its third year of implementing processes and systems that support the development and reinforcement of students' social skills," said Sharon Conley, school psychologist with Washington County Public Schools. "The measurable outcome is a significant reduction of office discipline referrals. Western Heights experienced a significant reduction of office referrals last year."
Open House planned at outdoor education center
An open house will be held at Fairview Outdoor Education Center on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.