LA PUENTE, CA – Bassett Unified’s Van Wig Elementary School, Edgewood Academy and Torch Middle School were awarded bronze awards from the California PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Coalition for demonstrating a determination to instill positive behavioral traits among their students.

“Bassett Unified is committed to providing a learning environment for our students that strengthens their character,” Superintendent Dr. Alex Rojas said. “The PBIS recognitions are an excellent example of the dedication our teachers and administration have toward raising our students to be responsible, future leaders.”

PBIS is a framework for fostering positive approaches to address student behavior. More than 500 schools in California received recognitions from the California PBIS Coalition, which outlines effective implementation of PBIS programs throughout the state.

Bassett Unified’s recognized schools implement different models and reward systems for behavioral expectations that are applied throughout different school areas, including the classroom, playground and library. Edgewood Academy holds its students to BRAVE standards – Brilliant scholars, Responsible and respectful, Accepting of others, Very thoughtful students, and Engaged learners; Torch Middle School emphasizes its students to be safe, be respectful and be responsible.

Van Wig Elementary teachers award points to students when they are following Van Wig Elementary’s CATS standards, listing four behavioral expectations: 1. We are Cooperative; 2. We have a good Attitude; 3. We always Try our best; and 4. We’re always Safe. Van Wig counselor and PBIS coach Dora Carrillo-Mirano introduced the new College Cat Student Store at their 2016 PBIS relaunch on Sept. 1. Students can redeem their points with their parents for toys and collectibles on Mondays and Fridays after school.

“We want to establish strong bonds with our students so they can in turn know that we are here for them,” Carrillo-Mirano said. “If we instill positive behavior into our students, they will take their everyday standard everywhere they go.”


090816_BASSETT_PBIS1: Van Wig Elementary School counselor and PBIS coach Dora Carrillo introduces TK-Kindergarten students to the benefits of displaying good behavior at school. Van Wig students earn “Dojo-Points” which can be redeemed at the school’s College Cat PBIS store. Van Wig was recently awarded a bronze medal from the California PBIS Coalition.

090816_BASSETT_PBIS1: Van Wig Elementary School TK and kindergarten students get a first look at the school’s College Cat PBIS store, where they can redeem the “Dojo-Points” earned for displaying good behavior. Van Wig, along with Edgewood Academy and Torch Middle School, were awarded bronze medals from the California PBIS Coalition for their positive behavior programs.