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Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

All 12 schools in the Elmira City School District are using PBIS, an acclaimed system that is utilized in districts throughout the country. With PBIS, each school takes a building-wide approach to teaching, reinforcing and recognizing students' positive behavior.

What is PBIS?

PBIS is a team-based, systematic approach to teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a proactive model that teaches specific behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who model these behaviors, and has systems in place to support students who have more challenging behaviors.

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Since the team approach is crucial to making this system work, family support is very important to its success. Contact your school to find out how you can get involved and learn more about using PBIS.

Our schools all use the acronym of S.O.A.R. to reinforce positive behaviors. S.O.A.R. stands for


Be Safe;

Practice Ownership;

Celebrate Acceptance;

Show Respect.


PBIS at Fassett

Blade is enjoying his pizza party at Fassett as part of the recognition of the school’s PBIS program.

Blade is enjoying his pizza party at Fassett as part of the recognition of the school’s PBIS program.

At Fassett Elementary School, the PBIS program has provided a structured way to teach and acknowledge positive behavior. An important part of the school’s program are the Fassett Five coupons. Students are recognized for being honest, positive, kind, respectful, and safe. When a student earns a Fassett Five coupon, they turn it in to the attendance office. The first coupon earns them a bracelet. At five coupons, they receive a book and at ten, lunch with Mrs. Cox and Mr. Dobson in the café. Ice cream and a certificate are included with lunch.

The Fasset Five coupons are just one of many ways the school celebrates hard work and good behavior. The Jackals and Blade have become part of Fassett’s recognition system. Throughout the year they have provided free and discounted tickets for students who are doing the right thing. Once this year, they did a Blade Good Grades night at First Arena, where 30 students were recognized during a Jackals game. Part of that recognition involved a pizza party at school with Blade.


We use a school-wide discipline system that addresses the entire school. This includes not only the classroom, but also areas outside the classroom such as hallways, restrooms, the cafeteria and the playground.

Every person who works in the school is aware of the behavioral expectations and works to ensure that students are consistently getting the same message.



There are several components in place to implement PBIS:

  1. Behavioral expectations are defined. A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are simply stated in positive terms. Each building identifies their expectations (such as S.O.A.R.)
  2. Behavioral expectations are taught. Behavioral expectations are identified for various settings in each school. The behaviors are taught to all students in the school through direct teaching with the help of staff.
  3. Appropriate behaviors are acknowledged. Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they are acknowledged in various ways on a regular basis. Each school has its own specific reinforcements and rewards such as PRIDE points and Bengal Badges.
  4. Data collection. Discipline data is collected on school-wide behavior and a team reviews the data regularly to determine when and where any problems may be occurring. The committee then brainstorms ways to proactively address the problems and to re-teach and reinforce positive behaviors.
  5. Individual support is provided for students not responding to the school-wide system. Each school has a system for developing plans for individual students who may have a difficult time and need more support in a school setting.
    Teams meet regularly and involve parents as active partners in helping students to succeed.
  6. Active support by all stakeholders. The entire school community is needed to be actively involved in order to make the system successful. PBIS is a district-wide system for establishing a positive culture in each building.


Benefits of PBIS (research-based)

  1. Maximizes academic engagement and achievement for all students.
  2. Increases attendance.
  3. Student self-reports of a more positive and calm environment.
  4. Teacher reports of a more positive and calm environment.
  5. Reduction in the number of behavioral disruptions.
  6. Reduction of disciplinary referrals
  7. Improvement of supports for students whose behaviors require more specialized assistance


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