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Positive Behavior Intervention Supports

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports is a process for creating a safer and more effective school environment. PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The full implementation of this program is a three to five year process. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for:

  • All students, all staff, and in all settings
  • Non-classroom settings within the school environment;
  • Individual classrooms and teachers, and
  • Individual student supports for the estimated 3-7 percent of students who present the most challenging behaviors. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum; it is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation.

Each morning at 7:45 a.m., several 5th grade students lead our whole school in saying the word and quote of the month, The Pledge of Allegiance, and our SOAR Motto.

SOAR Motto:

S how Respect
O bserve Safety
A ccept Responsibility
R esolve Conflict

SOAR is observed in all settings of our school. Students demonstrating the positive behavior found on our School-wide PBIS matrix earn Golden Tickets. Every Friday, they may “cash in” their tickets at our SOAR Store for a variety of games and prizes along with ice cream treats. Students are also recognized during quarterly assemblies where awards are presented to students demonstrating positive behavior along with those having perfect attendance.

PBIS Sample Teaching Lessons/Plans

I can accept responsibility for my behavior.

I can follow directions.

I can listen attentively.

I can manage personal and school property.

I can show respect for others.

I can stay on task.

I know how to use the Buddy Room.

I know how to use the Safe Seat.

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