Aaron Miller is in his third year as Superintendent in the Vernonia School District. In addition to his duties as superintendent, Miller is also the principal at Vernonia Elementary School and Mist Elementary School. He has worked in the VSD since 2005. Prior to becoming a Principal he was a 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher for 13 years, and a Varsity High School Baseball Coach for 11 years. He received his Bachelors Degree from Pacific University in 1988, his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Oregon State University in 1992, and his administrative licensure from Portland State University in 2005 and 2010. His vision for the District is to support staff in their efforts to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive education for all students that meets state standards while addressing individual student strengths, weaknesses and needs.
PBIS (Positive Behavior and Intervention Support) is a behavior program that is individualized for each school where it is implemented. The overall concept of PBIS is to provide clear, consistent rules and expectations for student behavior; teach those rules and expectations; provide acknowledgement and positive rewards when expected behavior is demonstrated; and re-teach those expectations when negative behaviors occur.
Our school wide expectations are to “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.”
Too often behavior management programs only focus on the negative behaviors that children exhibit, and don’t acknowledge the majority of students who are already doing what is expected of them. PBIS addresses both sides of the coin. It works to reward students’ positive choices, yet also deals effectively with negative behavior by providing opportunities for re-teaching and learning the correct way to behave. We provide this re-teaching model in learning academic subjects, and do the same for behavior. PBIS works to help teach behavior expectations that have not yet been learned or demonstrated.
If you have any specific questions about PBIS, or any other school issues, please feel free to call or set up an appointment to visit.
Thank you for your support as we work to provide your students with a positive learning environment.