Culture of Our School

Latest School Culture Updates

Recently we worked with an outside survey organization to gather essential input and meaningful feedback from our students, parents and staff regarding the culture and climate of Fossil Ridge High School. We will use this timely information as we work with our Climate and Culture Team to address a few areas for improvement and to strengthen existing systems and traditions that help our school to be the best in the country. If you would like to read through the information we gathered through the survey, please click on the links (PDF and PowerPoint) below to download the data documents. Together we will work to support our community and build our culture through positive, solutions-focused conversations.

2015 CSCI Report


  2015 CSCI Presentation


Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

At Fossil Ridge High School we value people as highly as academic performance.  We work tirelessly to create meaningful and lasting relationships among staff and students. We know that strong relationships support academic and social success. At the heart of our school culture are the RIDGE values – Respect, Integrity, Determination, Gratitude, and Excellence. These values drive every decision and interaction at Fossil Ridge and ensure that a healthy, thriving, and inclusive culture exists for all students. By defining the behaviors that are expected in all areas of school life, we take a positive approach to our students. Rather than focusing on what NOT to do, we focus and reward what we expect students TO do. PBIS relies on all staff in our building to reinforce, encourage, and teach positive social behavior. We reinforce and reflect the commitment to these values in a multitude of ways: our Advisory program, the four-year Rachel’s Challenge program, Diversity Leadership, and numerous clubs, athletic teams and activities.  To further model and reflect the values we hold at Fossil Ridge, we have designed and implemented a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program.

Our work on PBIS began in 2009, with the implementation of the Response to Intervention (RtI) model.  We wanted to find a system with structures and processes that could guide us and were flexible enough to fit within our existing school culture.  Additionally, we looked at our disciplinary data and wanted to implement a program that would also reduce the amount of office referrals, suspensions and expulsions. The PBIS program fit not only our behavioral and discipline needs, but also our dedication to building a positive school culture. PBIS allows staff and students to positively recognize, and be recognized for demonstrating, behaviors that uphold the RIDGE values.  It is our belief that a positive support system for students and staff will provide concrete behavioral expectations that influence our culture in a positive way and reinforce the valuable lessons provided by other culture-building programs and activities.  We invite you to explore the PBIS Matrix and familiarize yourself with the expectations of students and staff.

PBIS/RIDGE Support Matrix (click icon to download)