Mission Statement & Philosophy
The Mission Statement of Pinellas Secondary
At Pinellas Secondary School (PSS), our focus is two-fold: both academic and behavioral. Our goals are to further the education of our students and to assist them with learning to identify and change behaviors that interfere with their academic and life goals. As a team, we are committed to helping students learn to replace undesirable behaviors with appropriate, self-esteem building behaviors. What sets us apart is how we accomplish these goals. At Pinellas Secondary School, our focus is on the positive, believing that whatever we water, grows.
We employ a Positive Behavior Plan which includes a focus on the positive in all that we do and a recognition and enforcement of our community boundaries. Our positive focus is achieved by teaching a variety of life and recovery skills aimed at developing positive, life-enhancing decision making. It means valuing the development of interpersonal and conflict resolution skills in addition to traditional academic learning. Our boundaries are established democratically and consistently implemented throughout the entire school community. As a staff, we recognize that we teach best by modeling what we believe, by living the changes and the change process that we hope to see in our students and in our world.
Pinellas Secondary School’s school-wide values are respect, responsibility, and civility creating a safe environment for students and staff. We will deliver this theme consistently throughout our entire school using character education. Our students will strive to live within the boundaries and become more confident, build inner strength, and make better decisions. As a result of the students’ behavioral growth, they remain in class, engage actively in lessons, increase academic success as evidence: GPA, honor roll, principal’s list, promotion rate, attendance, and test scores. We teach our students that their greatest freedom is the ability to choose, and that they are free to choose the type of person they want to become. Attitude is a choice; and we support each other’s positive choices. We all learn, celebrate, share, laugh and hold the community accountable.
In order to establish a community that is fair, all staff and students agree to adapt to our school wide expectations of Respect, Responsibility and Civility. Within these expectations, as we communicate, we will respond to each other in a manner that is calm, respectful, and with understanding (examples include empathic listening, sharing and encouraging others to do the right thing); when behavior creates an atmosphere that is not civil, or toxic (examples: name calling, put-downs, trash talking) it is the community that reminds those individuals to live by the commitment of our school wide expectations of Respect, Responsibility and Civility. Non-judgmental phrases like “can we say that differently” and in a tone that is caring. In this positive manner, we can all support each other’s behavioral growth.
Whenever a student is unable to hear the non-judgmental reminder, and continues to escalate in their negative and disrespectful behavior, after all classroom interventions have been exhausted (parent contact, social work/guidance referral, seating change, student conferences, class meeting, etc.) Teachers have identified that student(s) are in the anxiety stage and require assistance. A Behavioral Referral may be written indicating if it is a minor or major infraction, and a Behavior Specialist may be called for further interventions.