What is PBIS?
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. This is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Campanelli implemented PBIS nine years ago. Campanelli staff and students focus on three expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. There are posters in the classrooms, bathrooms, hallways and busses that describe what it means to be respectful, be responsible and be safe in all of these settings.
Cool Tools – Lesson plans used to teach the behavior expectations
One of the most important parts of the PBIS system is that behavioral skills and expectations are taught directly to the students. The lessons will teach all the students what is expected of them and how they are to behave. During the school year, new lessons will be taught to all the students. All students will be taught Cool Tools that will impact our school and are based upon the needs of our students. The first opportunity to review appropriate behavior will happen within the first week of school when we host our “Cougar Camp.” During “Cougar Camp”, teachers and students review the expected behaviors in different locations throughout the school including bathrooms, hallways, the classroom, and gym. For more information on the cool tools and “keys of the month” that we have completed so far this school year, please click on the links below:
The 8 Keys of Excellence provide students with valuable principles and create a foundation for acceptable behavior. The 8 Keys are: Integrity, Failure Leads to Success, Speak with Good Purpose, This is It!, Commitment, Ownership, Flexibility, and Balance. More information about each Key of Excellence can be accessed here.
Cougar Caughtcha’s – A Reward System
Another part of the PBIS system is the use of consistent positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior. All staff members who observe students following the Campi Cougar “Big 3” will give students a Cougar Caughtcha. Students can earn a caughtcha in all areas of the school (classroom, lunchroom, playground, etc.) and from all staff members. Research shows us that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to not only change poor behavior, but also to maintain appropriate behavior. The Campanelli staff is committed to making sure that students who demonstrate positive behaviors will receive a Cougar Caughtcha. All students can turn in their completed Cougar Caughtchas to “buy” a prize in our monthly school store. First and second grade students can purchase a charm bracelet and charms to add to them or “purchase” other prizes. Third through sixth grade students will “shop” at the school store monthly. Kindergarteners will be able to turn in their completed caughtchas for prizes with their classroom teacher.
Paws Applause – A Reward System
Rewards are an important part of PBIS for individual students and the class as a whole. The staff will be recognizing individual classes when the whole class follows school rules by demonstrating appropriate behavior. Paws Applause are counted towards individual classroom and school wide rewards.