What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a systems approach to preventing and responding to school and classroom discipline problems. PBIS develops school-wide systems that support staff to teach and promote positive behavior in all students. Schools that implement PBIS focus on taking a team-based system approach and teaching appropriate behavior to all students in the school. The purpose of PBIS is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome, promote unity, and maximize learning. For frequent updates on what is going on with PBIS at CMHS, please take a look at our Facebook page
Previously, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important aspect of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and recognizing students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. The PBIS Team has put together this brochure
for further enrichment.
When Implemented with Fidelity, schools that have been successful in implementing school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports describe some of the following benefits:
- Increases in attendance.
- Student self-reports of a more positive and calm environment.
- Teacher reports of a more positive and calm environment.
- Reduction in the proportion of students who engage in behavioral disruptions.
- Reduction in the number of behavioral disruptions.
Stamp Redemption Days:
On December 15th, CMHS held it's first PBIS Redemption Day of the year. Students had the opportunity to redeem their Warrior stamps for prizes and raffle tickets. Over one hundred students purchased raffle tickets to be entered into the drawing for Beats headphones and gift cards. Stamp Redemption Days take place sporadically throughout the year. The next Redemption Day will be March 22nd, and take place during lunch mods.
The six winners chosen by the CMHS PBIS team were:
- First pair of Beats headphones-Jalen Sowell (Junior)
- Second pair of Beats headphones-Sunshine Novak-Wolff (Senior)
- First Gift Card-Drew Hamilton (Senior)
- Second Gift Card-Destiny Dyson (Soph)
- Third Gift Card-Patriana White (Senior)
- Fourth Gift Card-Nohely Serrano (Soph), not pictured above
Cocoa with Santa:
Before students and staff left for Winter Break in December, Santa found time in his busy schedule to visit CMHS to deliver doughnuts and hot cocoa to staff and seasons greetings to the students.