August 2015


    Re: School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SWPBIS)


    Dear Parents / Guardians and Students,


    As we begin the 2015-2016 school year, and I wanted to send personal correspondence on an initiative for which the Fairfield Area High School faculty and staff have received training for the past year and that will be implemented throughout this school year. The initiative, SWPBIS, stands for School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.


    There are seven core values or Virtues of a Fairfield Knight that drive SWPBIS at Fairfield Area High School. Each of the seven virtues helps the students recognize what our school-wide expectations are for their behavior while at school. The virtues are resolve, enterprise, generosity, integrity, courage, mercy, and scholarship. (Please see the graphic on the reverse side of this letter.) There will be monthly lessons that all students will engage in that teach each of the virtues. In addition, there are posters in various areas of the High School’s campus including the hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, classrooms, library, locker rooms, auditorium, and gymnasium. The virtues posters throughout the school serve to guide student behavior choices and to make students aware of the expectations for interacting with teachers, school district staff, and other students.


    Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded when they demonstrate positive behaviors. Prizes will be awarded weekly, monthly, and annually to a random selection of those students nominated for displaying the virtues of a Knight. Additionally, there will be a SWPBIS section on the High School web page where students will be publicly recognized for positive behavior and additional information regarding the program can be found. As in the past, if a student chooses to engage in negative behaviors and to ignore behavioral expectations, there will be interventions and preventions implemented.


    SWPBIS is a team-based, school-wide program that includes all students, faculty, and staff in our High School. Parents and guardians, as an important part of your son or daughter’s positive behavior, please encourage him or her to display the seven virtues at home and at school.


    Keep Moving Forward,



    Brian W. McDowell

    FAHS Principal