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PBIS at MacArthur Middle School January 7, 2009 Team Leader: Jolyn Davis, Assistant Principal Coach: Richard VonHagen , School Psychologist Background Information We are in our 6 th year of implementation of PBIS.

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pbis at macarthur middle school

PBIS at MacArthur Middle School

January 7, 2009

Team Leader: Jolyn Davis, Assistant Principal

Coach: Richard VonHagen, School Psychologist

background information
Background Information
  • We are in our 6th year of implementation of PBIS.
  • 4 team members as well as the team leader have been active on our team for all 6 years.
  • Our Eagle Code and Eagle Tickets have been institutionalized.
  • Many of our school-wide events, including our holiday gift shop, game day, auction, and carnival, have been institutionalized as well.


We are extremely transient and therefore lose and gain approximately 2-3 students a day.

Approximately 40% of our students come from military families.

1135 Students

65% African American, 25% White, 7% Hispanic, 3% Other

We have 12 teachers that are new to our building this year, but only 2 are first year teachers!

through 12 31 08
Through 12/31/08….

This represents at 37% reduction in office referrals for the 2008-2009 school year!

so what is different
So…. What is Different?
  • Red and Yellow Zone continuum of interventions.
  • Effective RST and Orange Team (Behavior Support Team) meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Advisory Program
  • Uniform Policy management
  • Staff who buy into PBIS and build positive relationships with students AND work collaboratively together
orange team
Orange Team
  • Our Orange Team meets every other week for approximately ½ hour.
  • Focus on student referrals (3 or more per Qtr)
  • Members consist of school psychologist, SPED DC, administrators, counselors, AYP resource teacher, reading intervention teacher, DMR Resource.
  • This team evaluates current interventions that are in place and selects additional interventions as appropriate.
red and yellow zone interventions available
Red and Yellow Zone Interventions Available
  • Check and Connect
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling through Guidance – check in / check out as needed
  • Daily Behavior Tracking – point sheet
  • Daily Behavior Tracking – email
  • FBA / BIP Process
  • Counseling Groups – guidance, school psychologist, social worker
  • DMR
  • MSAP
  • Support from outside partners – Villa Maria / Walter Reed counseling services, referrals to YES program
  • Academic Interventions – 504, sped, Algebraic Thinking, after school math intervention program, after school tutoring through First to College, Reading interventions (CR, spell read, SOAR), AVID, specialized advisory groups
advisory program
Advisory Program
  • A committee, separate from PBIS, has worked to create a comprehensive program for MacArthur Middle School.
  • Every day for 26 minutes; 2 days – DEAR, 2 days – lessons, 1 day – Peer to Peer
  • Peer to peer day allows for students to meet with teachers to get extra help / support as needed.
  • Special groups – Bubble kids for math and reading at each grade level, AVID groups, Algebra support group
  • Social skills lessons based on needs established at RST / Orange Team / PBIS meetings.
  • Lessons based on Ruby Payne’s work, learning styles and strategies, test-taking skills, etc.
uniform policy
Uniform Policy
  • All issues addressed through advisory to minimize impact on instruction and limit negative teacher interactions with students.
  • Uniform closet available. Uniforms provided to needy communities and families at the beginning of the year.
  • June 2008 – uniform donation day
  • Teacher incentives for uniform compliance.
  • Uniform violations are non-referrable.