What is PBIS?

Dear Parents

We are implementing our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.  PBIS is a way for Ballard to encourage good behavior.  With PBIS, kids learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math and science.  The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment.  Our PBIS System has 5 components:

  • Be Resilient, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe
  • Lesson Planning - Lesson plans used to teach students the behavior expectations.
  • Positive Referrals*** - A way to recognize and encourage positive behavior
  • Viking of the Week - Weekly prize drawings for students who've earned positive referrals
  • Office Discipline Referral Forms - Holding students accountable when they don't meet expectation

***Positive referrals are a great ​way to "catch a student being good" at Ballard.  They are the "anti-behavior log" and we are excited to introduce these to Ballard Elementary!

How does a student earn a positive referral?
These are for a student whose...

  • Behavior sticks out in a positive way and who is always doing the right thing
  • Behavior sticks out in a positive way when others around them aren't showing positive behavior
  • Behavior sticks out in a positive way when this student may sometimes struggle to show positive behavior

My child has earned a positive referral.  What now?

  1. A copy is given to the student to take home to be shared with parents/guardian.
  2. A copy is turned into the main office.
  3. Students have the chance to have their name read daily over the intercom.
  4. Each week, students have the opportunity to be named Viking of the Week and to receive a prize.

My child hasn't gotten a positive referral yet.  Is this bad?
At Ballard, we know all of out students show positive behavior on a regular basis.  Not all students will get a positive referral right away, and that's okay!  Encourage your child to continue to meet the expectations of the behavior chart.

Our students and staff are excited about this new PBIS system.  Please continue to support our efforts in focusing on making positive choices at Ballard!
 


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