What is PBIS?
PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, is an initiative that supports the development of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral skills. It is our school’s motto that a Paine Panther “ROARS”: Respect Others, Respect Self, and Respect Property. PBIS programs seek to create a positive school climate where students feel safe, respected and engaged. Students are taught behavior expectations and are rewarded for exhibiting those positive behaviors.
PBIS at Paine
Our school’s motto, a Paine Panther “ROARS”: Respect Others, Respect Self, and Respect Property is reinforced using our school wide teaching matrix. The teaching matrix focuses on how we respect ourselves, how we respect others, and how we respect property in all areas of the school: cafeteria, during arrival and dismissal, on the bus, in the hallways, bathrooms, playground and in the classroom. The matrix is a guide for students and staff on what it looks like to respect ourselves, others and property in each of those areas. We recognize students when they exemplify what it means to be a Paine Panther by presenting them with a paw print. Students can use their paw prints to earn prizes and rewards.
Choose Love Movement
In addition, our school is continuing to incorporate the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. This program teaches social emotional learning, character education, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. Research shows that students who participate in social emotional learning programs have higher self-esteem, stronger communication and relationship skills, better class participation and an increase in academic performance. The students are taught the choose love formula, which is Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion = Choosing Love. The courage unit teaches students to feel comfortable identifying and expressing their emotions appropriately and to do the right thing even when it is hard. Gratitude encourages students to foster a positive attitude, identify their strengths and increase their self-esteem. The forgiveness unit helps students to manage difficult emotions like anger, work to resolve conflict and deal with negative thoughts. Finally, compassion teaches students to work to understand and love others, show empathy and build strong relationships.