What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a  school-wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.   A continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings such as hallways, buses, and restrooms. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining school-wide, classroom, and individual systems of support that make desired behavior more functional.

The Importance of Teaching Positive Social Behaviors

Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

"Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports - OSEP." School. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.


Monday Morning Meetings

  • Every Monday 8:00-8:30
  • School Wide assemblies once per month
  • Expected behaviors are directly taught
  • Setting classroom goals, review Thunder BOLTS

Thunder BOLT Acknowledgement System

  • Staff Members hand out Thunder BOLTS when they observe students demonstrating expected behaviors throughout the school day.
  • When a BOLT is handed out, the teacher is to explicitly state what the student was doing to earn the BOLT and congratulate the student on their outstanding behavior.
  • Students are never allowed to ask for BOLTS, instead they are reminded that they need to be "caught" being good.
  • BOLTS cannot be taken away from students as a consequence.
  • Students are responsible for keeping their BOLTS and deciding if they want to use them in the Thunder BOLT Thrift Shop or if they would like to use them to enter the monthly drawing.
  • Classroom and school wide incentives are also held throughout the school year.

Expected Behaviors

Staff members are responsible for directly teaching expected behaviors in the following areas:

  • body basics
  • line basics
  • hallway
  • bathroom
  • lunchroom
  • playground
  • office
  • bus

Expected behaviors are modeled and reinforced throughout the school year as necessary.


  • Rock Ledge Intermediate Center
  • 330 W. Hickory Street Seymour, WI 54165
  • Phone: 920-833-7380
  • Fax: 920-833-9684
  • Rock Ledge Intermediate Center
  • 330 W. Hickory Street Seymour, WI 54165
  • Phone: 920-833-7380
  • Fax: 920-833-9684