Invitation to the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative Showcase

Dear Crescent Heights Families,

This year our school is in the first year of implementation of PBiS (Positive Behavior Instructional Supports), which is part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative.  PBiS is a research-based system of supports that emphasized a proactive approach to defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a school environment that promotes not just academic growth, but interpersonal skills, too.  This year, our school has been focused on common areas in our school (hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms and playground) in establishing common expectations and language for kids.  One of the most promising pieces of research with PBiS is how it not only supports kids’ social-emotional and behavioral learning, but there is a strong correlation between PBiS schools and increased academic achievement.
Want to know more about PBiS?  Here three ways to know more about this program.
(1)  You can check out the PBiS website (  This website is filled with article, research and tips.  Be sure to check out the Family section of the website!
(2) You can visit the TWCI website (​).  This website has information and videos specific to the work we are doing as a district.  (3) You can attend Tacoma’s first TWCI Showcase.  On Tuesday, March 15, our district will be hosting a TWCI/PBiS event to share with our community about the exciting and promising work our school are doing.  Below is an invitation from Dr. Garcia, TPS Deputy Superintendent, to this event, which our school will be represented, along with our sister schools.  It’s going to be a great opportunity to not only share the work we are doing at Crescent Heights, but what we can also learn from our peers as well.  We hope you can make it!

In Partnership,
Sean McGeeney

Crescent Heights Elementary



Dear Tacoma Whole Child Initiative partners,

We would like to extend an invitation to you to join us at the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative Showcase. Schools from across the district will present (poster session style) key features of their TWCI implementation. You will have the opportunity to interact with building teams (in an informal setting) in charge of guiding implementation at their schools.

Currently, about 40 schools have received various levels of training through a partnership between Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for Strong Schools. The work happening is transformational and the district is seeing positive student outcomes as a result of bringing together a whole child focus with best practices in behavioral intervention, data-based decision making, academic improvement and sustainability.

Teams are finding unique and creative ways to teach and reinforce appropriate behavior in an effort to prevent behavioral challenges that may result in a loss of instructional time and have other negative outcomes. Teams are also implementing evidence-based social emotional learning to help teach skills needed to be a good student, excellent Tacoma citizen and foster resiliency. These proactive strategies are laying the foundation for a positive school climate and a culture of welcome. When students feel safe, physically and psychologically, are engaged, and challenged we are likely to see greater outcomes academically and socially.  As we say, it takes a whole village to raise a child.  But, it takes a whole child to build a positive an sustainable school/community.

We hope you are able to come see, hear and celebrate the incredible work happening in Tacoma schools! Please share this information and the attached flyer with colleagues and RSVP through the survey link below.


When: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Time: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Mt. Tahoma High School Gymnasium 

Please RSVP through this link:

Josh Garcia
Deputy Superintendent
Tacoma Public Schools