What is PBIS?
PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention & Support, is a building-wide initiative to teach all students behavioral expectations in a positive way. Students are in-troduced to expectations in each area of the school (ie: classroom, cafeteria, hall-way, bathroom, library, assembly and bus). Together with their classmates, students watch videos, discuss and role play appropriate behavior. In this way, students participate in deciding what type of behavior they want to see at school.
The main intention of the PBIS initiative is to provide consistent expectations to every student, then reward students for positive behavior choices. Our goal is that every student, parent and staff member feels safe, happy and con-nected as a member of the Storm Lake Middle School community.
Who is Affected?
Everyone at the Storm Lake Middle school is involved including: parents, students, teachers, lunch personnel, cus-todians, teachers and administrators.
What Will My Student Learn?
Your students will learn behavior expec-tations in every area of school. Behavior will be modeled to students through the use of video lessons and school wide lesson plans. Your student will be expected to display mastery of behavioral expectations in the same way they master academic skills throughout the year.
How Can I Help?
Parent support is vital in the PBIS process. As usual, school personnel will be communicating with parents when a student struggles with mastering a specific behavior concept. Parents and school staff need to be “on the same page” when it comes to behavior expectations. In this way, the lessons learned at school will also benefit students in the home setting. Since all students will be learning the same skills, parents can support this ef-fort by discussing behavior expectations at home, much the same way parents support academic efforts by discussing assignments, projects, and books.