CBHM Spotlight: Haynes Early Education Center

Welcome to our first CBHM Spotlight where we will be highlighting what our CBHM schools are doing around the city.  Today we are visiting the Haynes Early Education Center.  Thank you to Principal Donette Wilson Wood and Dr. Paula St. James for sharing the exciting work happening at the Haynes!

The Haynes Early Education Center is a Boston Public School school serving 200 students in K0 through 1st grade.  They adopted the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM) in 2013 and have made huge strides in promoting a wide variety of Positive Behavior Supports in their school.

 As part of their PBIS work, the Haynes identified their school values as: Respect, Responsibility, and Citizenship. These core values were fashioned into a Behavior Matrix that teaches students what is expected of them across settings.


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In addition, the school staff and students worked together to choose and name their mascot.

Everyone, meet Jasmine the turtle!


Dr. St. James is the school psychologist at the Haynes EEC this year and here she is telling us a little more about the role Jasmine plays at the Haynes.

“Students at the Haynes EEC are working hard on their school values: Respect, Responsibility, and Citizenship. These are taught to each student as part of School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. The Turtle has long been the symbol of the Haynes EEC. The students voted on a name for their turtle mascot. Her name is Jasmine. A large mural of Jasmine welcomes visitors as they enter the Haynes. The students are now known as “ The Haynes Talented Turtles”. As an incentive for school wide positive behavior support, the children earn small paper turtles for showing the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Citizenship. Each week they add up the number of turtles they have earned and place a turtle on Jasmine with their name and the number of turtles they earned that week.”




“Starting this week, Jasmine’s store will be coming to each classroom on Fridays. Students can pick a prize based on the number of turtles they earned that week. Everyone at the Haynes is very excited about this new addition to our positive behavior incentive program!”

unnamed  We are so excited to see Jasmine & the Haynes EEC community inspiring young students to learn and demonstrate these important core values.  Keep up the great work Talented Turtles!  We can’t wait to see what you do next!

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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