Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
If a student can’t read…we teach! If a student can’t do math…we teach! If a student can’t behave…we give time outs, send to the office, suspension (in and out), PUNISH!
By implementing PBIS, Seymour Middle School will create a more caring school climate that maximizes achievement for all students, establishes staff consistency, and uses data to guide decision making.
Seymour Middle School is in its second full year of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, (PBIS). PBIS teaches behavior like we teach academics. The staff at Seymour Middle School model, teaches, and re-teaches expected school – wide expectations. Behavior matrices (posters with school expectations) are posted in classrooms, halls, bathrooms, lunchroom, and office. Staff uses “cool tools” or lessons and videos made by Seymour Middle School students to target certain areas.
Thunder Bucks are given out by staff to students that they find are following the expectations of the school. The staff member then tells the student why they are receiving the Thunder Buck and signs their name and the student’s name. Those Thunder Bucks are then put into a drawing where students can play the Wii and ping – pong at lunch, be the first table to eat at lunch, or win a sucker or candy bar. Other incentives have included eating pizza with Mrs. Schenk, winning a Packer Party the Friday before the Super Bowl, and Blizzards from Dairy Queen. The money for those incentives has been provided by the middle school Parent – Teacher Connection organization. The Harold and Agnes Krahn Empowerment Fund have helped the PBIS Team purchase a foosball table that will be used at lunch.
This summer four staff members will be attending SWIS training. SWIS is a web based information system designed to help school personnel to use office referral data to design school – wide and individual student interventions. Once again, like academics decisions that are made regarding students are based on data. This program will provide staff with the most current data.
Thanks to the hard work by the staff, SMS has been recognized by the Wisconsin PBIS Network as a Tier 1 exemplar school!