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Positive School Culture

All San José Unified schools use a culture and climate program to create a positive school climate for students, employees, and families. Building a positive school climate is a schoolwide initiative where positive expectations are integrated into all aspects of the school day. Combined with the use of social-emotional learning curriculum, the positive school climate programs establish a foundation of positive and proactive support. San José Unified provides school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Schallenberger Elementary uses the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework for creating a safe, positive, equitable school where every student can feel valued, connected to the school community, and supported by caring adults.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based framework to promote positive behavior and create safe learning environments. Through PBIS, students co-develop and are taught expected behaviors and what they look like in the different campus settings. Students who display expected behaviors are positively acknowledged and rewarded.

Establishing school-wide expectations with students sets the tone for the classroom and helps build a healthy learning environment. PBIS is part of San José Unified’s tiered supports for students, and is used at most of our schools.  Student Services coaches provide support with program implementation and ongoing maintenance. The school PBIS team reviews discipline data on a regular basis and reteaches behavior expectations as needed.


School Vision:  Schallenberger is a nurturing environment where teachers and staff use instructional strategies to teach students the skills necessary to communicate effectively, problem solve, explore, and collaborate while becoming self-assured productive, responsible, lifelong learners who will succeed in an everchanging world.

This translates to two simple priorities.
1. Ensure that Schallenberger is a safe environment.
2. Provide a challenging educational experience so that children can be productive citizens.

WISE Owl Rules:  To promote safety and a positive school community, WISE Owl Rules are in place at all times.  Our school rules can be easily remembered by students with the acronym WISE:

W   We are Respectful
I     I Care
S   Safety Matters
E   Everyone is Responsible

These behaviors are in place in all locations at Schallenberger, including the classroom, the playground, the cafeteria, bathrooms and hallways, and the library and computer lab.

View our School Matrix of expected behaviors in all locations.

Positive Behaviors can be taught and learned

We all know that children respond to positive reinforcement more readily than negative correction. We believe all children need instruction in social skills, including rules, just as they need instruction in academic rules.  When children have difficulty with rules, in addition to consequences, we take time to reteach the expected behaviors. We also believe that a strong home and school partnership, especially as children are learning appropriate behaviors, will help our students make good decisions as they are learning proscial behaviors.  We appreciate your support at home!

Schallenberger School’s Anti-Bullying Policy and Plan

Our focus at school is on creating a safe, positive learning environment for your child. Every child should feel included, accepted and supported in furthering their learning and their social development.  With these goals in mind, the following plan is in place should your child experience aggressive or harassing behavior by another child.

Bullying is any aggressive behavior, including verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, name calling, mean teasing, or physical aggression, and is not acceptable.

Click here for Schallenberger School’s Anti-Bullying Policy and Plan