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WEST PALM BEACH – The School District of Palm Beach County’s Department of Safe Schools is proud to share that 14 District schools have been recognized as model schools for their efforts in implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SwPBS).

A total of 14 District-operated schools, including 12 elementary, one middle and one high school, applied for and received recognition from the Florida Positive Behavior Support (FLPBS) Project for the 2014-15 school year.

To be eligible to become a model school, schools must apply and demonstrate how the SwPBS initiative is implemented in their schools, and outline the support systems and strategies they have in place to ensure successful outcomes.

The recipients are as follows:

Gold Status

  • Calusa Elementary School

“We are very excited that we have been recognized as a PBS Model School and particularly for meeting the requirements for Gold status. Providing a positive climate for our students and staff has been a priority to us. We work very hard to help all children reach their potential by using consistent instructional strategies, providing clear expectations, and having clear systems in place. Our non-punitive approach to discipline fostered trusting relationships between students, staff and parents, which has also resulted in an elevation of positive student behaviors.” – Jamie Wyatt, Principal, Calusa Elementary

Silver Status

  • Elbridge Gale Elementary School
  • Golden Grove Elementary School
  • Grassy Waters Elementary School
  • Palm Beach Central High School
  • Seminole Trails Elementary School

“Grassy Waters Elementary is over the moon excited about our recognition as a Silver level model school in positive behavior supports. We work diligently on a regular basis to support positive behavioral expectations at our school in order to maintain a safe and positive learning environment for all of our students. It is a great feeling to have all of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff be recognized by the state with this honor.” – Jennifer Galindo, Principal, Grassy Waters Elementary

“Golden Grove is honored to be recognized for the behavior supports we use every day in our school.   Our students’ success is a direct result of the positive behavior systems we put in place. We thank the FlPBS team for this award!” – Adam Miller, Principal, Golden Grove Elementary

“Palm Beach Central High School is delighted to receive PBS Silver Model School designation. This recognition was accomplished by the collective efforts of our faculty, staff and students. All stakeholders embrace our motto of Bronco P.R.I.D.E. (Positive, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence).” – Darren Edgecomb, Principal, Palm Beach Central High School

Bronze Status

  • Coral Reef Elementary School
  • Liberty Park Elementary School
  • Panther Run Elementary School
  • Sandpiper Shores Elementary School
  • Sunrise Park Elementary School
  • Verde Elementary School
  • Waters Edge Elementary School
  • Woodlands Middle School

“Woodlands Middle is thrilled to be acknowledged with the Bronze level Model School Statue. Our work towards Model School Status has our team focused on ensuring the individual needs of all students are being met. This is being accomplished school-wide with Positive Behavior Support and our newly launched mentoring program.” – Jeffrey Eassa, Principal, Woodlands Middle School

“The staff, students and community members are thrilled to hear that Waters Edge Elementary has been recognized as a PBS Model School at the Bronze Level. The SwPBS Team and staff work very hard to ensure the positive supports are visible throughout the school and are pleased to see great things happening at Waters Edge. We look forward to additional positive incentives in the months and years to come.” – Dianne Rivelli-Schreiber, Principal, Waters Edge Elementary School

Visit the Safe Schools website at to learn more about the Department of Safe Schools and their initiatives.

Visit the Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project website to learn more about positive behavior support and its model schools.

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