At Golden Valley High School, we believe in being #BulldogSTRONG. It is not a program, rather it is a “systems approach” for establishing the social culture and individualized behavior supports needed for GVHS to achieve both social and academic success for ALL students. In order to be #BulldogSTRONG, GVHS has a GPS road map to guide student behavior. GPS is an acrostic representation of our umbrella expectations as they depict what it means to be a student at GVHS. Within each setting, the expectation looks different and is tailored not only to the change in setting but, to the specific behavior we want exhibited in that area.
G – Growth (Commit to graduate, work through failure, always give 100%)
P – Pride (Be on time, follow rules and procedures, use appropriate language)
S – Service (Peer support, be helpful, be positive on social media, be a good citizen)
An essential aspect of the #BulldogSTRONG system is establishing a Behavioral Expectations Matrix. In every classroom at GVHS, those behavioral expectations are posted for students to follow and provide guidance on how students should behave in the classroom, around campus, and in the community. The behavior matrix was created with the input of staff members at GVHS and with the intention of fostering positive behavior at all times.
Another essential aspect of the #BulldogSTRONG system are the classroom lessons that center on GROWTH, PRIDE, and SERVICE. Two Tuesdays a month, ALL GVHS students receive a short lesson about GROWTH, PRIDE, or SERVICE. The lessons are designed to be short, meaningful, and continue to encourage students to be #BulldogSTRONG.
Because of the effort by GVHS students, staff, parents, and community members, the California PBIS Coalition recognized GVHS’s #BulldogSTRONG system for successful PBIS implementation at the Silver level in Spring 2018. GVHS is a recipient within the California PBIS Coalition’s System of Recognition, reflecting excellence in the measurement of fidelity as well as our efforts in implementing the core features of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.