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PBIS Best Practices at Winter Street Elementary Encouraging Students and Staff. Jen Hardy and Kris Pearl. Brief Overview of Winter Street Elementary. 341 students – Pre K – 4 th grade 94% Free and Reduced Meal Students Many families with limited resources and supplies

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pbis best practices at winter street elementary encouraging students and staff

PBIS Best Practices at Winter Street ElementaryEncouraging Students and Staff

Jen Hardy and Kris Pearl

PBIS Winter Street Elementary

brief overview of winter street elementary
Brief Overview of Winter Street Elementary
  • 341 students – Pre K – 4th grade
  • 94% Free and Reduced Meal Students
  • Many families with limited resources and supplies
  • Differing academic and behavioral expectations between home and school
  • High student mobility

PBIS Winter Street Elementary

pbis at winter street
PBIS at Winter Street

• Each classroom has a “stoplight” with individual student clothespins so that students are aware of their behavior and consequences.

• Students earn “Bee Cards” for ending their morning and/or afternoon on the “green” portion of the stoplight. Additional “Bee Cards” are earned for exemplar positive behaviors.

• Each day, teachers write morning and afternoon behavior scores in students’ planners so as to keep parents informed.

• Students will earn “Bee Cards” to redeem for classroom rewards, school-wide drawings and school-wide events.

• All school-wide events have a required number of “Bee Cards” for students to earn in order to attend.

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2009 2010 pbis mission statement
2009-2010 PBIS Mission Statement

“We will set clear behavioral objectives for all students and encourage those that work to make good choices.”


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encouraging students
Encouraging Students

Upon looking at our behavior data, the PBIS team decided that we wanted to focus our energy on ways to encourage our students to make good choices.

  • Class compliments
  • Positive Referrals
  • Exciting events

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class compliments
Class Compliments

If a staff member sees a class that, as a whole, is making good choices, they can present that class with one “Bee Card”. The classroom teacher can then use those class compliment “Bee Cards” to create a chain to display in the classroom.

Once the chain reaches a certain length, the class would earn a previously agreed upon reward such as extra recess, craft or coloring time, pizza party, etc.

This strategy was successful for some students that struggled to make exemplar choices without the model of their classmates. With “Class Compliments”, those students were still being encouraged, praised and rewarded.

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positive referrals
Positive Referrals

If a staff member sees a particular student make a positive choice, they can complete a “Positive Referral” for that student. One copy goes home with the student so that parents can celebrate their child’s good choices. The other copy is hung on a bulletin board outside of the cafeteria.

Students, staff and visitors pass this bulletin board regularly and often take time to read the posted referrals.

Students love the individual, positive attention gained from earning a “Positive Referral”. This practice is beneficial for “green-zone” students that are always making great choices, but don’t get recognized due to the fact that those good choices are expected of them. It’s also beneficial for “yellow-zone” and “red-zone” students that require encouragement when they make good choices.

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PBIS Winter Street Elementary

exciting events
Exciting Events

Throughout the school year, the PBIS team schedules and manages three after-school events and two during-school events.

Each event requires students to earn at least a certain number of “Bee Cards”. As the year progresses, the expected number of “Bee Cards” increases. We feel that this gives students a taste of what a reward feels like, and then encourages them to work harder and harder to earn that reward in the future.

This year’s events included an afternoon movie, Back-to-School Bash, Winter Hop, Spring Fling Luau, and Kickball Game.

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after school events back to school bash winter hop and spring fling luau
After School EventsBack-to-School Bash, Winter Hop and Spring Fling Luau
  • Students that earn enough “Bee Cards” to attend, receive an invitation asking them to bring a parent and return to school on the evening of the event from 5:00-7:00.
  • We incorporate themed crafts, games, refreshments and music.

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kickball game
Kickball Game
  • In May, we invite the top three “Bee Card” earners from each classroom to compete in a kickball game against officers from the Hagerstown Police Department.
  • Students receive T-Shirts that they decorate at school and wear for the game.
  • All students and staff are then invited to the playground to watch the game and cheer-on their friends and/or local heroes.

Students love the chance to participate in the yearly kickball game. Those that earn the chance to play are publicly acknowledged for their positive behavior and choices. Those that don’t get the chance to play, still enjoy a day outside cheering on their classmates.

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encouraging staff
Encouraging Staff

After a few months of focusing on our students, we realized we’d forgotten to put energy towards encouraging our staff!!

In the spring, we implemented the “Applause for Staff” idea. We wanted sincere notes of appreciation and encouragement to come from students, parents and other staff members. A letter outlining the initiative was sent home to parents. The response was tremendous!!

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All of the notes that came back to the school were placed in a decorated box that was located in the lobby.

We selected some notes and hung them on the wall outside of the office. Other notes were hand-delivered to the recipient.

The smiles on the faces of our staff members were proof that the encouragement from others was appreciated

You deserve a round of applause!

Thank you for everything you do to inspire and motivate learning within our students and our school.

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concluding thoughts
Concluding Thoughts

Through the year, our PBIS team has truly seen how encouragement and positive comments can make a difference in an individual’s behavior or outlook.

We’d love to share electronic templates of what was shared today or hear

what’s working for you! Feel

free to contact us!

- hardyjen@wcboe.k12.md.us


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