What is PBIS?

What is PBIS?

"PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students... PBIS is a prevention-oriented way for school personnel to (a) organize evidence-based practices, (b) improve their implementation of those practices, and (c) maximize academic and social behavior outcomes for students. PBIS supports the success of ALL students."  -pbis.org    Learn more about PBIS here

What does PBIS look like at Sugar Creek?

The Fantastic Four

Here at Sugar Creek, we began working on building a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports System in the fall of 2009.  We began by creating four school expectations called "The Fantastic Four":

  • Be Kind and Respectful
  • Be a Problem Solver
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe

These four expectations are taught to all children and we practice them in all environments (classroom, hallways, related arts, etc.)  Sugar Creek staff focuses on beginning with teaching desired behaviors, monitoring students practicing the behaviors, and acknowledging students when they do the right thing. Learn more about the Fantastic Four here!

When students are following the Fantastic Four expectations, we say they are "above the line." 
Learn more about Above the Line behavior here.

fantastic 4

Cool Tools

To help teach the four expectations and build common language and experiences throughout the school, classroom teachers are given “Cool Tool Lessons” to teach throughout the year.  These are mini-lessons, 10-15 minutes, that focus on reinforcing positive behaviors.  Cool Tool Lessons are created around our four school expectations and issues we see arise within the building. 
Check out the videos that 5th graders in the "Thumbs Up for Sugar Creek" CHAMPs group made!

Fantastic 4 Dance Party

Problem Solving on the Bus

The Fantastic Four

The Debug Steps

Voice Scale

STEP Problem Solving Steps

Lunch Room Expectations

Student Acknowledgements

While we expect all students to follow the four school expectations at all times and in all places, we also feel that it is very important to acknowledge those students who are.  We have developed several different systems at Sugar Creek to acknowledge both individual students and entire classrooms.

Blue “Thumbs Up” Tickets – At Sugar Creek, we use positive strategies to create a positive learning culture. Teachers give out Blue Tickets to students when they see them following the “Fantastic Four”. These tickets are given out with praise for the specific good choice
the student made. These tickets are then collected by classrooms in
their Classroom Buckets, and are combined to fill the "Wonder Bucket" about every other month at Community Gatherings. 
You may ask... Why are they blue?  Blue is Sugar Creek’s school color!

blue ticket

Golden Lunch Tray Award – Each week the lunch room staff looks for classes that are remembering to follow the rules of the lunch room. On Monday morning Mr. Brunner announces the winners of the Golden Lunch Tray! The winning classrooms get to display the Golden Lunch Tray in their classrooms for the week.  It is an honor!

Every month, we also have Classroom and School-Wide Celebrations.  Here are some learners playing during "Board game day".


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