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At Forbes Elementary we implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports or PBIS.

What is PBIS?

  • A team based process including a broad range of systemic & individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes.
  • PBIS is a PROACTIVE approach to teach, monitor, and support appropriate school behavior for ALL students.
  • A focus on PREVENTING problem behavior of all students at the school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and individual levels.

What does PBIS look like?

The school will focus on four behavioral expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, the school will focus on the preferred behaviors.  In our school, the Patriot Pathway expectations are as follows:

  • Self Mastery-the ability to control one’s own desires or impulses
  • Compassion-sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
  • Respect-a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements
  • Resilience-an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

We are focusing on teaching and reinforcing good behavior by awarding and recognizing the students for making good choices through our Positive Patriot system.  When a student is “caught” doing something great they will receive a Positive Patriot.  Once the student receives a Positive Patriot they can save them to buy items at our monthly trading post. They also receive a copy to take home.


Goal: Help students reflect and improve at all levels – the goal is not justice 

1st Step Precision Request given
2nd Step  Think Time Sheet is given  Student goes to another room or a designated spot in the classroom; no parent contact (See Think Time Procedure sheet) 
3rd Step  Action Plan is created/given 
  • Collaborative team creates the plan
  • Teacher chooses the time
  • Plan is recorded on school Google form 
  • Parents contacted if second Think Time is given in a month or if the behavior is chronic/severe
4th Step  Office Referral  Please don’t send to office unless there has been an action plan and the Google form has been completed

If behavior is severe, please send the student to the office

5th Step Parent Meeting 
  • Formal meeting with principal, teacher, student, parents, psychologist
  • BIP is considered


Severe Behaviors

Send straight to office if: 

  • A danger to self/others
  • Noncompliant
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Harassment
  • Vandalism 
  • Weapon 
  • Theft
  • Fleeing school 
  • Illegal substance 
  • Pornography 


TO BE EFFECTIVE: All teachers use MUCH, positive interactions, and build relationships 

(Also see Tips & Tricks for Managing Behavior and PBIS Tips & Tricks

  1. MODEL and practice expectations
  2. UTILIZE a UNIFIED school-wide system 
  3. COMMUNICATE clear expectations
  4. HOLD students accountable 


  • Welcoming students to class (ex. high-fives, using students’ names) 
  • Praise 
  • Proximity 
  • Review
  • Practice/Model
  • Front-loading (anticipating problems and prepping/practicing before hand) 
  • Social, visual, and/or verbal cueing
  • Wait time
  • Touch reminders


We believe optimal student achievement (academic and behavior) can be attained by utilizing a proactive systems approach for creating and maintaining a safe and effective learning environment.

**For additional information on PBIS you are welcome to refer to the following website: