PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a multi-tiered framework for establishing systems, interventions and best practices around social-emotional and behavioral needs that enhances schools’ capacity to maximize outcomes for all students. This framework establishes common language and explicit expectations to help promote a positive school culture at Pioneer Ridge Middle School.

What is PRIDE?

The expectation that students will commit to creating a safe, nurturing and dynamic atmosphere by being Prepared and Respectful while demonstrating Inclusiveness, Dependability and Empathy in all settings.

All staff in grades 6-12 will commit to creating a safe, nurturing and dynamic atmosphere by utilizing a data-driven, school-wide positive behavior intervention system that is proactive and utilizes common terms and expectations across settings and buildings within the district.

How does PRIDE work?

  • Students and staff will be taught P.R.I.D.E. expectations which are outlined in the P.R.I.D.E. matrix

  • Positive decision-making, student achievement and excellence will be recognized, recorded and celebrated daily, quarterly and yearly

  • Behaviors not reflecting P.R.I.D.E. will be recognized, addressed immediately, recorded and reviewed daily, quarterly and yearly

  • Relationships between students and staff will be supported and enhanced through conversations regarding patterns of behavior, goal setting, student expectations and student achievements

How is PRIDE taught?

  • Students will be taught P.R.I.D.E. expectations during Advisory and through various individual classroom lessons

  • P.R.I.D.E. expectations will be presented in a variety of ways

  • Staff will model P.R.I.D.E. expectations in all settings

  • Lessons will be highly concentrated at the beginning of the year, before and after lengthy breaks and as needed throughout the year

How are students and successes celebrated?

Students receive recognition from school staff in the forms of positive phone calls home, mailed postcards, and virtual P.R.I.D.E. Tickets received in an email to the student and family.

What about disruptive students?

  • Disruptive and inappropriate behaviors will be recognized and addressed immediately

  • Staff will assist students in identifying patterns of disruptive and inappropriate behavior and a full continuum of supports will be provided to assist students in goal setting and correcting problem situations

  • Staff will partner with the family and student to resolve ongoing situations

What about parents?

  • Parents are encouraged to use P.R.I.D.E. verbiage at home

  • Parents are encouraged to have regular discussions with students and staff regarding patterns of behavior, student successes and academic achievement

  • Volunteers are needed to help organize and implement various celebrations, collect donations for prizes, etc.

  • Donations of all types (money, prizes, coupons, etc.) are a crucial component of celebrating student success.

Pioneer Ridge PBIS guiding beliefs:

  • Behavior is a form of communication.
  • Schools set students up for success by teaching and modeling expected behaviors, with opportunities for students to practice behavior and get feedback.  
  • Each student is unique and valued thus, relationships are essential in creating a safe and positive school environment.
  • Appropriately collecting student behavior data (both desired and undesired) helps guide decisions and practices for individual students and the school as a whole.
  • School staff members are consistent in how they encourage expected behavior and discourage undesired behavior while always putting students’ individuality first.