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Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

Ernie Pyle Elementary is dedicated to engaging students in rigorous academic learning and developing social-emotional awareness. Our students deserve the most positive learning environment to achieve academic success. A more enjoyable school experience will occur when parents, students, and teachers work together toward a common goal.  Together, we can promote proactive, respectful, responsible, wise, and safe citizens.

The Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) process at our school focuses on creating and sustaining school-wide, classroom, and individual systems of support that improve the educational environment for all children. Our aim is to teach behavioral expectations and then recognize the positive behaviors shown by students.

By implementing school-wide PBIS, we hope to reduce school and classroom behavior disruptions and educate all students about acceptable school behaviors. All staff members will establish regular, predictable, positive learning and teaching environments. By improving the school environment, we hope to increase learning time and promote academic and social success for every student.

What is PBIS?

The main focus of PBIS is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at our school. Through PBIS, we will work together to create and maintain a productive and safe environment in which all school community members clearly understand the shared expectations for behavior. Through positive recognition and continual teaching of expectations, students will experience academic and social growth.

What are the Benefits of PBIS?

We believe that implementing PBIS systems and strategies will increase student academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school climate.


PBIS methods are research-based and have been proven to reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in schools significantly. One of the key components of the system is a focus on prevention. Students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations for all aspects of the school environment. They are provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective.

Behavioral Expectations

The PBIS Team identified behavioral expectations for our students and named them P.A.W.S.: Be Proactive, Act Respectfully and Responsibly, Make Wise Choices, and Be Safe! Students are explicitly taught the expectations at the beginning and throughout the year in each campus setting. Check out our Ernie Pyle Elementary Behavior Matrix!

Behavior Expectations


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