PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Support. The basic premise of PBIS is a positive approach to teaching appropriate school behaviors to students by setting consistent, school-wide behavioral expectations, and rewarding students for meeting those expectations. The ultimate goal of PBIS is to create a school culture that encourages respectful, positive interactions between students and adults while encouraging academic achievement. Rather than focusing on punishments for negative behaviors, PBIS corrects behaviors that may not meet expectations, and puts the focus on what students are doing right.
Positive behaviors will also be reinforced through acknowledgments and rewards for students on individual, classroom, and school-wide levels. These rewards have been designed by our school PBIS team to promote a sense of unity and fun which is a major part of PBIS. These rewards may take the form of a Griffin Gold ticket, (handed out to students when they are “caught” modeling expected behaviors), or classroom rewards such as earning extra time for a fun activity, or an all-school event like a popcorn and movie in the gym. The response to problem behaviors focuses on reteaching and helping students understand what they can do better next time. PBIS also acknowledges that some students may need more support to be successful in our social culture, and these needs will be addressed individually to help all students be the best they can be!