CBHM Spotlight – Ellison Parks

Today on the blog, we welcome Dr. Paula St. James who serves as the school psychologist at the Ellison Parks Early Education School!  She’s here to let us know about some of the wonderful CBHM work going on in her school

Ellison Parks



The Dr. Catherine Ellison / Rosa Parks Early Education School is located in Mattapan and serves children from PreK to grade 3. The Ellison Parks is an inclusion school and all classes are inclusion or for English Language Learners.

Principal Natalie Ake has taken a lead role in the implementation of CBHM and is an enthusiastic supporter of social emotional learning at Ellison Parks.

The school is in its second year of implementation of CBHM and has in place PBIS as well as a social emotional learning curriculum (Second Step or Open Circle) in all classrooms.

The PBIS program is centered on SOAR values (Safe, Open Minded, Accomplished, and Respectful.) Here is the SOAR behavioral matrix developed by staff:

EP Mtx

The SOAR values are taught throughout the school. When a child is spotted by a staff member exhibiting one of the SOAR values, they are given a wing. Students in PreK and Kindergarten work towards a group goal. If the class meets the weekly wings goal the students have a small celebration in the classroom. Students in grade 1-3 earn wings individually towards a small weekly classroom celebration.

Students show their SOAR values in all settings:

EP play

EP saftey

EPEvery month the whole school comes together to celebrate SOAR values. Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms are given a certificate to display stating the number of wings the class earned for the month. They then have a “wings parade throughout the school” to the tune of the school song “SOAR” adapted from Roar by Katy Perry.

EP Song

The grade 1 through 3 celebration features students demonstrating the SOAR values to their peers through presentation of class work, skits, dances, and the reading of compliments students have given each other. At the assembly, students who have met a monthly goal set by their teacher are awarded a “Golden Wing.”

Thank you Ellison Parks for sharing all of your hard work! 

If you would like to see your school in the spotlight, contact lshachmut@bostonpublicschools.org and let us know about the great things you’re doing!

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