What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to support and educate ALL STUDENTS.  It is a proactive approach to school-wide discipline that is based on three levels of prevention/intervention to address the needs of all students.  PBIS is not a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but rather 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 emphasizes four integrated elements:

  1. Data for decision-making

  2. Measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data

  3. Practices with evidence that these outcomes are achievable

  4. Systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices 

Six Principles that guide the four elements of PBIS:

  1. Develop a continuum of scientifically based behavior and academic interventions and supports

  2. Use data to make decisions and solve problems

  3. Arrange the environment to prevent the development and occurrence of problem behavior

  4. Teach and encourage prosocial skills and behaviors

  5. Implement evidence-based behavioral practices with fidelity and accountability

  6. Screen universally and monitor student performance & progress continuously

Pell PBIS Team Mission Statement

The mission of the Pell PBIS team is to foster and promote a safe and positive school environment that enhances student learning through teaching and recognizing positive behavior.


We are the Pell  STARS!

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S-Stay Safe

T-Take Responsibility

A-Act Respectfully

R-Ready to Learn

STAR Behavior Expectations


There are STAR Behavior Expectations within the classroom, hallway, bathroom, cafeteria, playground, and during arrival and dismissal.  Posters with these specific expectations will be visible throughout the school environment. 

star hallway poster

star bathroom poster

How Students will be Acknowledged for STAR Behavior!



Starbucks are individually earned and can be handed out by anyone in the building to students that are displaying "Star Behavior".  Teachers will be given Starbucks each day to hand out to students in their class.  Each week students will be able to purchase rewards and/or certificates using their Starbucks.


All-Star Bucks

These are classroom earned and can be handed out by any teacher to reward the ENTIRE class for displaying "Star Behavior".  The classroom teacher can set a goal with student input to determine what the class will earn for a pre-determined number of All-Star Bucks.


All-Star CelebrationsThe celebrations will be held quarterly and broken into two groups (K-2nd and 3rd & 4th).  Those students who have earned enough Starbucks will be allowed to attend the celebration.