Counselors Corner - G.R.O.W.L.


Beginning next week, TRMS will be initiating a PBiS program throughout our classrooms,, hallways, bathrooms, office, and lunchroom.  PBiS stands for School-wide Positive Behavior Support.  PBiS is a systems approach to establishing the social cultural and behavioral expectations and supports that all children need in school to achieve both social and academic success.  It consists of:

  • Behavioral Expectations Defined

  • Behavioral Expectations Taught

  • Reward system for appropriate behavior

  • Continuum of consequences for problem behavior

  • Continuous collection and use of data for decision-making

Is PBIS Evidenced Based and effective?  

In several studies documented on the PBiS Website, it was found that implementing PBiS with structure and Fidelity was directly related to:

  • reduction in problem behavior levels

  • Reducing the number of  office discipline referrals

  • Reducing the number of  suspensions

  • Improving  the  perception of school safety

  • And improving academic performance - One School district also found that it was associated with improved proportion of students who met the state reading standard.


TRMS Behavioral Expectations will be defined through a “looks like – Sounds Like” element for every area of our  building by the  acronym  



G – Great Attitude – Being positive

R – Respect everyone and everything

O – Ownership.  Taking responsibility for what you say and do both negative and positive.

W – Work Ethic – Consistently doing your best.

L – Leadership – Make the right choices in all situation and inspire others to do the same.  Role models.


For Example:  Great Attitude – Classroom – raising your hand, believing you can do it, using manners, etc.


These behavioral Expectations Taught will be taught to our kiddos in several ways.   Each core and all elective teacher  will have one letter of the GROWL Acronym to present to their students in detail for each area of the building.    It will be the responsibility of that department to refer to it repeatedly throughout the year and reinforce the student’s understanding of their letter and the whole acronym.  There  will also be G.R.O.W.L.  posters posted throughout the school, and it will be referred to often with the kids as expectations for their behavior, academics and for their social relationships.


When a kid is caught following the G.R.O.W.L. expectations, they will be given a  G.R.O.W.L.   ticket which the student can turn in for SUPER cool prizes and rewards!  


The G.R.O.W.L.  movement will kick off on Friday at an assembly by Principal Cloke, V.P. Robinson, and all of the counseling team.  



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