Communications from your PBIS Tier 1 Team


District-wide, CSAT has implemented the PBIS framework, which allows for consistent behavior expectations to be implemented throughout the all K-12 schools and is illustrated in a matrix.

The mission of CMSAT’s PBIS team is to create, maintain & promote student achievement and responsibility by providing a safe & caring environment where students are part of a family with teachers and staff serving as positive role models.

Use this link to access more information about our 6th-8th grade PBIS program for students at CMSAT.

Shake It Up!

Are you starting to feel like TAB or TAB OUT is being used a bit more than you would like? A great approach to any resisting students is to shake up your consequences with them. As long as you are consistent and fair with following up on their behaviors, they will start responding. Below are two other options to respond to misbehaviors instead of always using TAB or TAB OUT.

You Break It --You Fix It
Children take some responsibility for fixing, as best they can, any problem or mess they have created. Some examples:

  • One child accidentally knocks into another on the playground. She stops, apologizes and offers to help the other child get up.
  • A student knocks over a tray of food carried by another student. He helps clean it up and perhaps offers to go back and get new food.
  • A child hurts the feelings of another. She participates in "an apology of action" by writing a note, including the hurt child in a friendly activity
  • A student is part of a conflict. The students involved participate in a conflict resolution process.
  • A student wastes class time talking to a friend, looking out the window, trying to avoid the task. He makes up the time at another point during the day.


Loss of Privilege
In classrooms in which children help generate and construct the rules together, a sense of shared responsibility and trust exists. When students do not "take care of the rules," the logical consequence might be to lose a privilege. Examples:

  • A student waves scissors around. She loses the use of the scissors for the remainder of the art period.
  • Two children talk instead of working. They have to sit by themselves.
  • A child rocks his chair or sits way back in his chair. He sits on the floor or stands for the remainder of the lesson or activity.
  • A student plays unsafely outdoors. She has to choose a different area outside to use during the rest of that recess/lesson.
  • A student speaks rudely to the teacher. The teacher refuses to listen to her until she changes her tone of voice.
  • A student rolls his eyes or calls out during a morning meeting. He has to leave the group.
  • A student logs on to an acceptable Web site while doing research. He loses computer time for the rest of the period (or week).
  • Students go to the bathroom to gossip about classmates. They lose the privilege of going to the bathroom together.

Tiered Positive Behavior Intervention Support

Shown below is a visual reference for PBIS. Notice the focus on creating school-wide, classroom and individual systems of support. This is a good way to picture PBIS as we develop our 2nd and 3rd tier within our school-wide support system.

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Positive reinforcement

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Video Resources

This website offers many different pbis strategies in the classroom. You can view them at home and through YouTube; just click on the video that best suits your interest. Enjoy!

Yours Truly,

Rob Sciandra

PBIS Lesson Plans!

Do you think your students need a refresher in any area of our matrix? If you answered yes, and just aren't sure how to proceed check out the PBIS Compendum for some amazing ideas and lesson plans specific to the area of the matrix you would like to address.

For example, if your advisory students have started arriving late the website offers lesson plans to target "be responsible in the hallway." Here is a sneak peak!

Student Activity:

  • The students will develop and scribe a schedule in their planner of when locker and restroom breaks will fit into their daily schedule. The advisory or first hour teacher will accept this plan based on the number of tardies in the first trial week of the plan. When the plan is approved it will be kept on file with the cooperating teacher.

As always, if you would like more information or assistance with the website don't hesitate to contact myself or any member of your Tier 1 PBIS team!


Kristin Johannes :)

Education World

By relying on concise rules and frequent rewards, principals say the PBIS approach to school-wide behavior management drastically reduces discipline problems and improves academic performance among all students. - See more at:
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PBIS Support

Questions? Concerns? Contact your CMSAT PBIS Team...

- Kris Giammarise (PSR)

- Kristin Johannes (SPED)

- Matt Lebeda (Counseling)

- Rob Sciandra (Science)

- Nicole Smith (Technology)

- Nadine Williamson (Admin)