Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

Lindsey Heselbarth & Diane Slack

PBIS Coordinators & School Counselors

Elgin Elementary School

As PBIS Coordinators and School Counselors our job is to help students be kind and safe so that they can learn. The best learning takes place when the entire team is on board and understands what to do. Through this online newsletter our goal is to give parents and families insight into the behavioral interventions and supports used at EES to create a positive learning community.

PBIS Parent Newsletter

Elgin Elementary School Works Together!

At Elgin Elementary School we believe in TEAMWORK! Together every achieves more! One of the ways we work together is through the use of PBIS--Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. Parents, teachers, and staff work together to support our students with various behavioral and academic interventions.
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What is PBIS?

It's all about teamwork!

PBIS is a team based, systematic approach in teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a proactive model which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors and has systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors.

The team approach is what truly makes this system work and we really need every family’s support to help us be successful.


Together everyone acheives more!

Instead of using a patchwork of individual behavioral management plans, we have moved to a school-wide discipline system that addresses the entire school, the classroom, areas outside the classroom (such as hallways, restrooms, offices, cafeteria, playground/school grounds etc.).

Every person who works in the school is aware of the behavioral expectations and works to ensure students are consistently getting the same message, regardless of the setting they are in or the adult they come in contact with.

What are the benefits?

It's research based!

  1. Increases attendance.
  2. Student self-reports of a more positive and calm environment.
  3. Teacher reports of a more positive and calm environment.
  4. Reduction in the proportion of students who engage in behavioral disruptions.
  5. Reduction in the number of behavioral disruptions.
  6. For more information about PBIS, please visit our individual school websites or go to


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What can I do as a parent to support PBIS?

Know the lingo

By understanding the phrases, routines, and behavioral systems that we have at school you can be an even bigger support to your child. There are a lot of great things happening at EES! To ensure that everyone has a positive learning environment we have three school-wide expectations:

  1. Be safe.
  2. Be respectful.
  3. Be responsible.

Know the expectations.

There are specific behavioral expectations for all of the common areas in our school. No matter where students are or what they are doing, we always expect them to be safe, respectful, and responsible. These expectations are not only posted in the hallways but there are also videos some of our teachers and students made to help explain those expectations in better detail.
PBIS at EES Hallways During School
PBIS at EES Restroom
PBIS at EES Playground
PBIS at EES Cafeteria

Know the systems.

Within the PBIS framework we have several systems to support positive behavior. In the cafeteria we have the Silver Spoon. For rewarding individual good behavior we have Wildcat Wows. For recognizing excellent classroom leadership and character we have Student of the Month Luncheons. We have the Golden A and AttenDANCE Parties for recognizing whole-class perfect attendance. We have Safety Patrol and Student Council.

Silver Spoon

At the end of the six weeks each grade level class that has the most "silver spoons" for good behavior in the cafeteria gets to host this award in their classroom. A "silver spoon" can be earned for 5 days of good behavior. Behavior is tracked using a cup system.

From the PBIS Team at EES: Thank You!!