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Silver Lake Elementary and Bolich Middle School recognized by State for PBIS efforts

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Cuyahoga Falls City School District is proud to announce that Silver Lake Elementary and Bolich Middle School have been designated as recipients of the Ohio PBIS Bronze Recognition Award for success with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The distinction makes Silver Lake and Bolich part of the just 233 schools in Ohio to be recognized with the Bronze Award.

Each year, the Ohio Department of Education and the PBIS Network recognize schools and districts for their quality and fidelity of PBIS implementation. Schools are eligible to receive awards at the bronze, silver or gold levels of distinction. In 2020, 322 schools and districts received recognition.

“We’re so proud of our teachers and staff for receiving this remarkable recognition,” Silver Lake Principal Hillary Freitag-Geiger said. “Our students’ well-being have always been our priority, and we’ve been able to adapt to the needs of our students. Everyone has collaborated, supported one another and proven to be focused on our students and providing them with the best possible learning environment.”

PBIS involves teaching students expected behaviors in a consistent and positive way, modeling and acknowledging those behaviors and helping all students meet expectations and be successful. PBIS has been shown to improve student achievement, student behavior and school climate.

Silver Lake and Bolich will be able to celebrate their accomplishments at the Annual Ohio PBIS Showcase for 2021 in December. The theme for this year’s virtual event is “Responsive, Reimagine and Resilient Leadership and is co-sponsored with the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council.

“I would just like to thank our teachers, counselors, staff and families for continuing to put our students first,” Care Walter, Bolich Middle School Principal, added. “Our community knows the advantages of having a safe, positive and equitable environment, and without the work of everyone involved, we would not be as successful as we are in creating such an encouraging setting.”

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