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Our school is participating in an important initiative called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). 


What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Support? 


PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn. 


What is PBIS at our school?    


Teachers have adopted a set of classroom rules that fit their particular classroom. Similar to the YCS Student Code of Conduct, these rules define our expectations for behavior in each classroom. We have also developed schoolwide expectations for common areas such as the hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria and the bus. You will see these rules posted throughout the school and your child will be learning them during his or her first days at school. We continue to reinforce and review these expectations all throughout the school year, so that students are able to internalize the expectations found in all of our non-classroom settings here at Forbush Elementary. 


As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students focused on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior: 


Þ      Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.


Þ      Provide students with more praise than correction.


Þ      Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.


Þ      Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.


Þ      Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.


Þ      Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit  feedback. 


We also have a school-wide system for managing student behaviors that breaks down behaviors into two categories: teacher managed behaviors and office managed behaviors 


Þ    Some of examples of Teacher Managed Behaviors= cheating, disrespectful actions, not following directions, disruptive transitions.


Þ    Some of examples of Office Managed Behaviors= fighting, vandalism, bullying.


FES students show their Brave’s BEST by: 


Þ    B- Be Respectful


Þ    E- Everyone Accepts Responsibility


Þ    S- Stay Safe


Þ    T- Try My Best


If you have questions about Positive Behavior Support, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. We look forward to a wonderful year of teaching your child.


PBIS Team Members 

PK-1= Ms. Johnson 

PK-1= Mrs. Billings

2-3= Mrs. Collins

4-5= Mrs. Joyce

Classified= Mrs. Davis

Instructional Support= Ms. Prater

Guidance Counselor= Mrs. Bernhardt

Parents= Vacant

Principal= Mrs. Whittington