Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), also known as Character Education

Character Education is "the deliberate effort by schools, families, and communities to help young people understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values." Character as it relates to character education is most often used to refer to how "good" a person is - in other words, a person who exhibits personal qualities which fit with those considered desirable by a society might be considered to have good character and developing such personal qualities is often then seen as a purpose of education.

One of the nine (9) positive student attributes identified in the Appleton Area School District is that the AASD will provide learning experiences that will develop students who are cooperative and able to effectively function in a diverse environment.  In order to reinforce the development of this attribute, the AASD continues to make concerted efforts to ensure that all students are provided with academic and affective educational strands that support preparing our students for their futures.  

The six (6) traits of character education:  

  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

Utilizing the above traits, students in the AASD are provided with multiple avenues and opportunities to receive instruction in character education at each site including those sites that are additionally implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as their framework for character education. It also is the framework used to provide a safe, positive, consistent and predictable learning environment for all students, staff and families.

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The Appleton Area School District (AASD) is committed to providing students with a safe, secure, and healthy school environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. 

The Board of Education considers bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process and is prohibited. Education, intervention, awareness, and prevention exists for staff and students to ensure a learning environment that is free of bullying or intimidation.

Bullying Policy - 443.71

Appleton North High School and Renaissance School for the Arts students collaboratively worked on a music video for Ashleigh Ashton's original song "Break In Two". Ashleigh wrote this song after being bullied in junior high.

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