Pelican Island Elementary School Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

What is PBIS?

Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is a way for schools to encourage good behavior. With PBIS, kids learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment.

The Principles of PBIS

PBIS is the approach that our school uses to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. It's also a way for our school to decide how to respond to a child who misbehaves.
PBIS has a few important principles:

  •  Every child can learn proper behavior.
  •  Stepping in early can prevent more serious behavior problems.
  •  Each child is different and schools need to provide many kinds of behavior support.
  •  How schools teach behavior should be based on research and science.
  •  Following a child's behavioral progress is important.
  •  Schools must gather and use data to make decisions about behavior problems.

At PIE, our Pelicans learn about what behaviors are appropriate, just like they learn Math or Science. Students are taught social skills, including how to act in different settings, such as the classroom, on the bus, or with friends. They may learn through role-playing or through actual lessons. Staff at the school regularly praise and reinforce good behavior.

PIE PBIS Expectations

At Pelican Island Elementary, our students SOAR:

Strive for Excellence
Own Your Actions
Act Safely
Respect Yourself, Others, and the

We celebrate our diverse culture and encourage our families to strengthen the bonds of collaboration by facilitating monthly events that focus on character building, academic achievement, and life-long learning.

We want to create an environment where students feel safe and respected. We have implemented school-wide expectations which are delivered through assemblies, digital reminders, daily morning announcements, posters in the hallways, and through continuous staff encouragement.
We have implemented a Positive Behavior Support System (PBS). Students are encouraged to SOAR. Their appropriate behaviors, acts of kindness and positive communication skills are rewarded with SOAR tickets.

Research has shown that introducing, modeling and reinforcing positive social behaviors is of major importance to a student's educational experience and success. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them establishes a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.


Supporting Activities

Many activities at Pelican Island Elementary are designed as effective interventions or promotional events to acknowledge and celebrate individual and group success. Constant, sincere recognition of positive behavior reinforces good decision making in individual students and teamwork in classes. Programs that offer proactive PBS support are:

  • PBS Store
  • SOAR Tickets
  • STAR Student of the Month
  • Social skills instruction groups
  • Tailored social skills lessons to fit the unique needs of each class
  • Monthly PBS events to reward students who SOAR
  • Bullying Prevention program
  • Child Safety Matters
  • PBIS presentations