Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Presented by: Veronica Denis Jackie Finch Patuxent Valley Middle School Vdenis@hcpss.org Jfinch@hcpss.org.

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  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and SupportsPresented by: Veronica Denis Jackie FinchPatuxent Valley Middle SchoolVdenis@hcpss.orgJfinch@hcpss.orgJuly 10, 2007

  • Getting Your Students to B.A.R.K.!Our Schools Journey to P.B.I.S.

  • PVMS

    Facility opened - 1989

    Total Enrollment: 728

    Student Mobility

    7.4% Entrants

    7.1% Withdrawals


    White 45.5%

    African American 39.1%

    Asian 6.9%

    Hispanic 7.1%

    Native American 0.7%

    Unidentified 0.7%

    Students Receiving Special

    Services 2005-06

    Ltd. English Proficient 3.4%

    Free/Reduced Lunch 16.3%

    Special Education 9.2%

    PTA members: 300

  • Critical FeaturesEstablish CommitmentEstablish and Maintain TeamSelf-AssessmentEstablish and Teach School-Wide ExpectationsEstablish On-Going System of RewardsEstablish System for Responding to behavioral Violations (Administrative Team)Establish School-wide Information System (SWIS)Build Capacity for Function-Based Support Build District Level Support (Howard County)

  • PBIS needs. . . Enthusiastic support from administrative team

    Technology to support the SWIS system

    Alignment with the schools strategic and school improvement plan

    80% staff buy-in

    Start smallGather staff feedback and inputPresent data and showcase success

  • Obtain 80% Staff ConsensusYour staff will:

    provide input in determining what our schools problems are and what our goals should be

    make decisions about rules, expectations, and procedures in the commons areas of the school as a school community

    Follow through with all school-wide decisions, regardless of my feelings for any particular decision

    Commit to positive behavior support systems for a full year - allowing performance toward our goal to determine future plans

  • 1. I would like to:Offer a suggestionVolunteer my services or timeLodge a complaintAsk a questionAcknowledge a successAsk for help2.Briefly describe feedback:PBIS Feedback FormPBIS is a school-wide initiative. Your feedback is very important to us.3. If lodging a complaint, pleaseoffer a suggestion:What do youthink? Your opinionmatters.

  • PBIS team members Administrator

    School Psychologist

    Guidance Counselor

    Alternate Learning Placement Educator

    Experienced staff who deals with at-risk students

    6th, 7th, 8th grade and Related Arts representatives

    Special Educator

    Instructional Assistant

    Parent member from PTA

    Student Member from SGA, NJHS, etc.

  • Attend monthly team meetings

    Offer collaborative assistance in student/staff in-services

    Introduce/model PBIS to students and families

    Contribute to decisions regarding PBIS team

    Offer regular feedback on PBIS process

    Establish and maintain reward systems PBIS team members will:

  • Establish School-wide Expectations

  • What PBIS looks like at PVMS

  • Teaching Expected Behaviors

  • Bucks are used for

    Positive interaction between staff and studentBi-weekly rafflesSchool-wide celebrationsQuarterly iPOD drawings

    Next year:B.A.R.K. storeBi-weekly drawingsQuarterly iPOD drawings

  • Raffle IdeasHW passesSitting with friends at lunchPrincipal for the dayAmusement park ticketsSkating admissionBowling gamesBasketball tournament with teachersBest buy certificatePizza couponsLimousine rideMall gift certificate

    donated itemsbaseball ticketsice cream couponsschool suppliesmovie rentalsCoupons from local businessesSchool supplies Cotton candySnow ballsBingo Party with prizesIce cream socialPopcorn Party

  • Patuxent Valley Middle School

    Student Behavior Management Process

    Observe Problem Behavior

    Problem Solve With Students


    Is Behavior



    Teacher Warning


    Write Referral to Office

    Teacher Managed vs. Office Managed




    Calling Out

    Put Downs

    Refusal to Work

    Minor Dishonesty

    Tone Attitude

    Dress Code

    Food or Drink

    Electronic Devices




    Aggressive Physical Contact

    Aggressive Language


    Harassment to student or staff

    Major Dishonesty


    Chronic Minor infractions






    Classroom Consequence

    NO YES


    has 3 MIRs in

    same Quarter?

    SIDE BAR ON: Minor Incident Report Slips (MIRs)

    Issue a MIR slip when student does not respond to pre-correction, re-direction or verbal warning.

    Once written notify parent by requiring parent signature, a phone call, email or letter.

    Take concrete action to correct behavior (i.e. assign detention, complete behavior reflection writing)

    Whenever possible, have the corrective actions correspond to the behavior being corrected (i.e. talking to peer near seat, move seat)

    Administrator Determines Consequences

    Complete Minor Incident Report (MIR) if neccessary

    Administrator follows through with Consequences

    Administrator provides teacher feedback

    Write referral to office. Attach or provide dates of MIRs

    Continue teacher management until 3 MIRs are collected

  • School Wide Information SystemsSWISDecide who will enter the ODR dataGather support from teachers to include specific information on the ODRDecide whether or not Minor Incident Reports will be entered in SWISUse your SWIS data to determine your PBIS goals each month

  • Why? . . . THE RESULTS!!

  • GRAND TOTAL: 21,000 BUCKS# of positive interactions

  • ODR data

  • Suspension Data

  • The impact of PBISBased on 691 ODRs from 05-06 and 352 ODRs from 06-07,

    Time RegainedStudentAdministratorMinutes50856780Hours85113Days1114

  • Snapshots of PBIS best. . .Teachers, Parents, and Custodians donated gift cards to PBISBus #129 rewarded one student with $20 and a gift basketB.A.R.K. bucks were incorporated into a students BIPNumerous stories from students and staff about the success of PBIS

  • Staff Reflections. . .Vdenis@hcpss.orgJfinch@hcpss.orgContact us at:



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