WHAT IS PBIS
School-wide Positive Behavioral Intentions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. School-wide PBIS increases the capacity of schools to educate all students utilizing research-based school-wide classroom and individualized interventions.
PBIS PHILOSOPHY AT SPANAWAY
At Spanaway, we believe in:
- Explicitly teaching, re-teaching, and reinforcing behaviors using common language
- Consistently acknowledging positive behaviors
- Building positive, respectful relationships between students, teachers, and families
- Knowing our students and proactively addressing possible triggers
- Providing our students with tools, support, and strategies to reach behavioral goals and build confidence in their abilities
- Using data to make decisions, establish goals, and celebrate successes
- Restorative practices
ACTIONS WHEN EXPECTATIONS ARE NOT MET
Whenever possible, teachers will address minor infractions and communicate with you accordingly. Any of the following actions are taken with the intent of addressing future behavior and re-teaching expectations.
Focus Desk: A space in the classroom for students to take a break and refocus. This does not mean the student is in trouble; it is simply an opportunity to take a break and reflect on behavior.
Think Time: If a student does not respond to Focus Desk, they will be sent to fill out a Think Sheet in a buddy classroom. A copy of the Think Sheet will be sent home with your child. Please read over it and use it as an opportunity to discuss and reflect on their choices and what could be done differently next time.
Office Referral: If your child continues to exhibit minor behaviors, or is involved in a major infraction, he/she will be referred to the office. After investigating the situation, the following consequences may be assigned, depending on the student grade level, severity and the number of previous infractions:
- Recess and/or Lunch Detention
- School Service (i.e. helping to clean lunchroom)
- Loss of Privilege (i.e. assembly, special classroom activity)
- Office Detention
- In-School Suspension
- Out of School Suspension
A substantial component of PBIS, and our philosophy at Spanaway Elementary, is to focus on reinforcing expected behaviors. We focus on positives in the following ways:
Jaguar Paws are distributed by all staff members at Spanaway in all areas of the building. Students earn paws for demonstrating Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior. The paws are turned in to baskets in the office. Each day, one paw from each grade level is drawn and announced at our school-wide morning meeting. These students get to choose a prize from the office. Each month, Jaguar Paws are counted and the top two classes are recognized and awarded a special “trophy” to keep in their classrooms for the month.
Each month, one character trait is focused on in morning meeting. There is an assembly at the end of each month to recognize two students from each class for demonstrating the character trait of the month. These students earn a certificate and are entered into a drawing to have a special pizza lunch with the principal.
To reinforce positive behavior in the lunchroom, classes can earn a treat for following the lunchroom expectations including remaining at a level two voice (conversation), raising hands to get up, and keeping hands to themselves while waiting in line.
In addition to school-wide systems, teachers also reinforce positive behavior in their classrooms in various ways. Some teachers draw additional Jaguar Paws for prizes or distribute them to students to use like money. Other teachers use tickets, class points, etc. to encourage students to meet expectations.