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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is how we teach and support successful school behaviors. PBIS involves being very clear about behavioral expectations, teaching students how to meet those expectations, reinforcing/recognizing expected behaviors, and providing supports when students have trouble meeting expectations. Our behavioral expectations all stem from our Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLs): Respect, Responsibility, and Perseverance. We believe that following these three HOWLs leads to academic success, healthy friendships, and personal happiness.

Respect

  • We share our perspectives politely.
  • We listen carefully and ask questions if we don’t understand.
  • We work collaboratively.

Responsibility

  • We arrive on time.
  • We complete our work.
  • We honor reasonable requests.

Perseverance

  • We use strategies to overcome challenges.
  • We use feedback and reflection to improve our work.
  • We use feedback and reflection to improve our relationships.

When things are going well:

  • When things are going well, your HOWLs grades and your academic grades should show it. And we should all try hard to praise each other for what we are doing right. That means adults praising kids, kids praising adults, adults praising adults, and kids praising kids. Sometimes it is hard to remember to do this, but it makes a difference.
  • We hand out paper HOWLars to recognize you for doing a great job with HOWLs. They can be spent on different cool things. We also can send a postcard home to your family to let them know how well you are doing in school!

When things are not going as expected:

  • Reset
    • Everybody needs resets sometimes. A reset offers students a chance to speak with a staff member you trust to process your thoughts and feelings or write them down using guided questions. It provides you a chance to calm down, center yourself,  and/ or get some energy out before returning to class. Students can also use the Reset room in the Guidance Office as a safe place to relax and work through things. If you need a lot of resets, though, we will have to work together to figure out another way to help you get what you need without missing your valuable learning time in classes.
  • Lunch Support for Restoration
    • This is a way for a student to resolve conflict and repair the relationship while at school. Students will be in a safe, neutral space, and spend time reflecting with a faculty member on past behavior. 
  • After School Support for Restoration
    • Students will spend one hour after school in a safe and neutral space supervised by a faculty member. Students must bring work to complete. A portion of the time will be used to reflect on past behavior and make an action plan with the faculty member to restore the conflict between student and/ or educator. Students will be given a HOWL’s grade.
  • In School Suspension for Restoration
    • Students will complete work in a safe and neutral space supervised by a faculty member.. Students will spend time reflecting on past behavior and make an action plan with either the school counselor, social worker, or assistant principal to restore the conflict between student and/ or educator. Students will be given a HOWL’s grade. 

If an adult wants to talk to you about your behavior in a way that is more serious than a simple reset, you may request a peer or adult from the school whom you trust to be there with you. They can participate respectfully.