• pbis

  • About Positive Behavior Instructional Supports

    In BCSC, we refer to PBIS as Positive Behavior Instructional Supports because we believe every child can learn expected behavior when our staff provides instruction as to what the school-wide expectations are, how the expectations look in various locations of the building, and within learning environments. This is why PBIS begins in our Pre-K program and continues through all levels of our students education.

    The goal of PBIS is to create an atmosphere of positivity for students in our schools so our students may learn and grow. Safety, respect and engagement create a positive culture and when students feel safe and respected at school,  research shows they better engage in their learning. 

    Each school in BCSC has a dedicated PBIS Team and team facilitator to lead the efforts of PBIS implementation. The PBIS team works hard to create lessons to teach the PBIS school-wide expectations for various locations in the building. Students are taught what each expectation means and what it looks like in those locations. While students learn, and continuously show understanding of the expectations, they are positively reinforced verbally and/or a tangible reinforcement noting the expectation of positive behavior they engaged in.  When students understand the expected behavior they engaged in and are aware that someone noticed the positive choices they were making, the goal is for them to continue to make positive choices while in school.

    PBIS supports BCSC’s mission of deeper learning for all because a positive culture in our buildings where students feel safe and respected opens the doors to engage in learning which  prepares them both academically and socially for their future.


  • All members (students and staff) of the PBiS committee meet monthly to review the previous month's discipline data and discuss stakeholder input.  After reviewing data, the group develops expectation reminders for students (and staff) by incorporating "booster shot lessons."  Below are examples of such lessons.


    What dooes PBIS look like at Northside?

    PBIS Behavior Matrix
    Adult Commitments
    Leveled Behaviors


    Northside Middle School staff and students are committed to being a PBIS school.  The driving forces behind PBIS are to teach the students the expected behavior at Northside.  Here is what PBIS looks like at NMS:

    Act Responsibly

    Be Respectful

    Communicate Effectively

    • Reinforcement:  Students earn white "tickets" for displaying the expected behaviors at NMS.  These tickets can be turned in for PBIS cards, which earn students special privileges throughout the building. 
    • All staff and students at Northside use common language when explaining PBIS expectations.  This allows for a large amount of continuity from classroom to classroom, ensuring a seamless day for the students.
    • The PBIS committee meets monthly to review staff feedback, alter PBIS lesson plans, and review discipline data.  This feedback and data determine what the PBIS committee focuses on next.

    What is a voice level at Northside?

    0 = Zero people can hear you.

    1 = Partner voice: Quiet voice. Only one person on each side can hear you.

    2 = Quiet Conversation voice: Several people within 5 ft of you can hear.

    3 = Speaker Voice: Use this voice when talking to large groups of people.

    4 = Outside Voice: Use this voice at recess.