Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
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 positive interventions in these areas, teachers and children maximize instruction opportunities and achieve academic success.
At Jefferson Elementary, we commit to three expectations that the entire Jefferson community will live and support: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. These three expectations are broken down into clear examples of positive behaviors that all members of the Jefferson community will display while following these expectations. We call it “Jaguar Excellence”.
At the beginning of the school year, all students and staff participate in a PBIS kick-off. Students in grades SK-2nd rotate to each of six non-classroom environments (cafeteria, playground, bathroom/drink, hallway/waiting for a special/, arrival/ dismissal and stairway) to learn how “Jaguar Excellence” applies. Students in grades 3-5 will watch review videos and discuss expectations in their classrooms. At the end of the day, students report to the gymnasium for an all-school assembly to reinforce and celebrate our way of doing business at Jefferson. Students will continue this learning with at least monthly booster lessons through our Second Step guidance curriculum, Zones of Regulation, bullying prevention lessons, and assemblies which will remind students of what it means to be respectful, responsible, and caring at Jefferson Elementary School.
Positive Reinforcement of Expected Behavior
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 “spots” to students who are observed to be responsible, respectful, and safe to provide the immediate feedback children often crave. In addition, students can also receive a positive office referral. When that happens, Mrs. Schultz will call with your child to share the great news. Students will also sign our wall of fame. There are opportunities to enter drawings for class parties, lunch with Mrs. Schutz and other fun rewards. Plus, there are special events that students may want to use their rewards to participate in one or more of these events.
Communication of Unexpected Behavior
As you know, children might choose not to follow our expectations even though the appropriate behavior is taught directly and positive reinforcers are used. We use Behavior Reminder Forms to communicate when an unexpected behavior occurs. The purpose of the form is to communicate that information to you. We feel it is a powerful experience for children when they take responsibility for their behavior and problem solve with a trusted adult. We hope the conversations you have with your child about their misbehavior will help them make better decisions in the future. If a form comes home, please sign the bottom of this form and return to school tomorrow acknowledging your receipt of this letter. A sample Behavior Reminder Form is included at the end of this handbook.
The Jefferson Staff has designed tier two interventions for those who are not responding to the universal interventions or re-teaching. A “Think & Learn” 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.
The PBIS framework builds skills leading the sustainability of a positive school culture and increased time spent teaching and learning…our ultimate goal!