Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

PBIS is a research-based behavior system that uses incentives and acknowledgments to motivate students to make positive choices. Each PBIS school identifies three to five, easy to remember behavioral expectations for students, which are communicated frequently and reinforced with student acknowledgements. Staff members make it a point to call attention to moments when a student demonstrates desired behaviors. This positive reinforcement is for all students and also provides an excellent model for students who need extra encouragement in making appropriate choices.
PBIS is an important aspect of Clemens Crossing. The staff of Clemens Crossing Elementary School is committed to working with students and their families to promote a safe and nurturing environment in all school settings.

Below are the guiding principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS):
    •    PBIS is a behavioral support system to promote and recognize positive behavior.
    •    The program rewards students for exhibiting positive behavior.
    •    Expectations, language, and consequences concerning behavior are consistent throughout the school.
    •    The program promotes the development of intrinsic motivation.

We have four school expectations which are reinforced daily. Each morning we say our pledge:

  • Perform Resiliently
  • Act Respectfully
  • Work Responsibly

Or more simply:
Be Resilient, Respectful, Responsible

Paw Prints Tickets
Students who are following the school rules and displaying appropriate behavior may be recognized for their efforts by receiving Paw Print Tickets from any member of the school staff.
    •    Staff members distribute tickets to students to recognize their positive behavior.
    •    Once received, the students collect their tickets to trade in for various rewards.
    •    Rewards are special privileges the students can earn. A few examples are sitting in a special seat for the day, being first to pick classroom jobs, or lunch with a staff member or administrator.
    •    Students are also recognized when they earn 50, 75, and 100 Paw Print tickets. At 50, they receive a certificate and have their picture taken and displayed on the bulletin board. At 75, they earn a coupon for the school store, and at 100, they earn a small prize and are recognized at a PEP rally.
    •    Students with exemplary behavior can also earn a “Connected Cougar Award.” A postcard will be sent home acknowledging this achievement.

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
Students are taught the school rules for classroom and non-classroom settings. All students are told what the expected behaviors or tasks are in each classroom. If a child does not exhibit the expected behavior, any of the following strategies may be used to help redirect and reteach that behavior:
    •    Individual verbal warning with explanation about expected behavior.
    •    Time out in the classroom.
    •    Time out in a different classroom or the pod area.
    •    Students are given an opportunity to calm down using a Self-Calming Kit.
    •    Minor Incident Report/Reflection Form (MIR) is completed and sent home to parents/guardians to be signed and returned the following day.
    •    If the behavior still does not improve, an administrator will be called in to intervene.
*Certain actions, such as fighting, using inappropriate language, harassment and threats warrant immediate administrative involvement.

How Can You Help at Home? 
Please review the information on this page with your child.
    •    Ask your child to tell you the school rules.
    •    Ask your child to discuss ways that he or she can use these rules to help them to learn and participate at school.
    •    Ask your child how his/her behavior affects others.
    •    Discuss ways that your child can be a helpful and kind classmate.
    •    Discuss ways that these rules can be used at home and in the community.
If you have any questions about our PBIS program, please ask an administrator or the school counselor.