PBIS is an evidence-based framework dedicated to implementing positive behavior interventions that support children in the school setting.  The PBIS framework positively impacts children in the areas of behavior, social-emotional relations and academic achievement. By designing and implementing universal supports and positive interventions in these areas, teachers and children maximize instruction opportunities and achieve academic success.

    At Lincoln Elementary, we commit to expectations that the entire  Lincoln community will live and support: Scholarly Students: Prepared and on Task, Act Responsibly, Respectful of Others, Kind with Actions and Words. These expectations are broken down into clear examples of positive behaviors that all members of the McKinley community will display while following these expectations.  We call it “Find Your SPARK”.

    At the beginning of the school year, all students and staff participate in a PBIS kick-off.  Students in grades JK-5th grades rotate to each of six non-classroom environments (cafeteria, playground, bathroom/drink, hallway/waiting for a special/, arrival/ dismissal and stairway) to learn how “SPARK” applies. Students will continue this learning with at least monthly booster lessons through our Second Step guidance curriculum, bullying prevention lessons, and assemblies which will remind students of what it means to be respectful, responsible, and caring at Lincoln Elementary School.

    Another key component to PBIS is the acknowledgment system.  This reinforces the positive, proactive approach to managing behaviors in the school environment.  The acknowledgment system is a way to recognize and reward our students for following the school’s daily expectations.  Staff will be randomly handing out “SPARK” tickets to students and classroom “BOLT” tickets. Highlighted students, along with a monthly growth mindset message will be shared out in monthly Lightning Assemblies.

    As you know, children might choose not to follow our expectations, even though the appropriate behavior is taught directly and positive reinforcers are used.  In elementary school, we are learning more than academics and these sheets are utilized to help our students think through and solve problems when they arise. The Lincoln Staff has designed tier two interventions for those who are not responding to the universal interventions or re-teaching. A “Think & Learn - Help me Find my Spark” sheet allows students an opportunity to problem solve and redirect their choices while also repairing relationships they may have broken when not being either respectful, responsible, or caring. All “Think & Learn” sheets are sent home for parent/guardian review and are further utilized for data collection.  A team analyzes this data monthly. It directs our future planning with PBIS and helps us to identify students who might benefit from meeting with an adult mentor, a daily Check in/Check out, or a social/academic instructional group.

    The PBIS framework builds skills leading the sustainability of a positive school culture and increased time spent teaching and learning…our ultimate goal!