Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS)

What is PBIS?

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. PBIS is about teaching and promoting safe, respectful and responsible behaviors. Students are recognized for making positive choices that follow our school expectations. When students do not follow the expectations they are re-taught the appropriate behavior and, when necessary, are given an Office Discipline Referral (ODR).

In order to ensure a safe environment where learning is the primary focus, Jefferson Elementary School utilizes Positive Behavior Supports by empowering students to be safe, respectful and responsible.

Jefferson Behavior Matrix

The Behavior Matrix highlights positive behaviors that ensure a safe, responsible, and respectful school environment. The Matrix is posted throughout the school and we continually reinforce these behaviors.

ODRs are Office Discipline Referrals. When a student is not following the school-wide expectations, an ODR will be given by a teacher, EA or the principal. ODR’s include consequences for the student’s behavior. You will be contacted if your child receives an ODR.

Paws are tickets given to students when they display positive behaviors. They are used toward monthly Pizza with the Principal rewards other classroom and building-wide incentives. 

Cool tools are school-wide lessons that target specific behaviors. Every week a new cool tool is introduced to the students by their classroom teacher. The majority of the cool tools center around social-emotional learning as well as our building-wide goals of being safe, respectful, and responsible.

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Each month, Jefferson students work to display a different positive character trait throughout the school environment. The new character trait is demonstrated at the monthly assembly and then continuously reinforced. Each classroom teacher nominates a student who demonstrates that month's character trait on a consistent basis. Those students receive the special privilege of preferential seating and acknowledgment at the assembly.

At Jefferson Elementary our students receive PAWS for demonstrating positive behavior. The students get the opportunity to use their PAWS in many fun and exciting ways! Other incentives are connected to the student's classrooms and monthly newsletters.

  • Pizza with the Principal drawing
  • Monthly Family Basket drawing
  • Quarterly rewards
  • Student of the Month awards

For additional information regarding PBIS in general, visit our district PBIS webpage.

For additional information regarding PBIS at Jefferson, please contact Wendy DiStefano, PBIS Internal Coach/School Counselor at wdistefano@sasd.net or (920) 459-3620. And visit her website,  Mrs. D. the Counselor.