• December 1, 2021

    Dear Northwood Families,

    Since our school opened in 2016, we have engaged in a school-wide system to support student learning and success.  It is called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).

    What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)?

    PBIS is a systems-approach to educate all children through a research-based, school-wide and classroom behavior support system.  PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for system-wide problem solving. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.

    What is PBIS at our school?

    We have a universal set of school-wide rules that we proactively teach students. These rules define our expectations for behavior in our school.  Rules are posted throughout the school and your child has been learning about them since the first day of school. Our universal rules, found in every classroom and non-classroom setting in the school, encourage students to “Be the Three” and are as follows:

    • Rule #1: Be Safe

    • Rule #2: Be Respectful

    • Rule #3: Be Responsible

    As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students engaged in the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

    • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.

    • Provide students with more praise than correction.

    • Talk to students with respect using a positive voice tone. 

    • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.

    • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach. 

    • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

    • Use Soaring Owl tickets to acknowledge positive behaviors and build positive relationships

    What is a Soaring Owl Ticket?

    A Soaring Owl ticket is a physical ticket or token used by staff to acknowledge students positively for engaging in appropriate, expected behaviors.  If your child brings a Soaring Owl Ticket home, it is cause for celebration.  When staff members hand students a Soaring Owl, they provide specific praise about the behavior the child demonstrated and how it connects to our school-wide rules.  Some examples of specific praise that might accompany a Soaring Owl ticket are:  

    • “Thanks for being safe by keeping your hands to yourself in the lunch line”; 

    • “You are being respectful by inviting your classmate into your small group to work on math. Well done”;

    • “Great job being responsible for your learning by picking a right-fit space in the classroom that allowed you to focus”.  

    • Example of a Soaring Owl Ticket

    What about when students make mistakes and break the rules?

    We also have a school-wide system for responding to and supporting students when they break a rule or engage in unexpected behaviors.  This system includes students identifying the unexpected behavior and why it is a problem, what they could have done differently, and how they can repair the situation. For most minor incidents of rule-breaking behavior, teachers and staff support students in problem-solving and reflecting on their behavior; for behaviors that are more significant, students may work with the building principal to address the problem behavior.  As educators, our primary goal when it comes to student discipline is to foster learning and help students develop positive, pro-social habits of behavior and self-regulation that will lead to success at school and beyond. 

    If you have questions about Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

    PBIS is one aspect of our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Northwood. Please join us for our upcoming SEL Family Night on Tuesday, February 8th to learn more. More details to follow.


    Aimee Batliner-Gillette

    Principal | Northwood Elementary

Last Modified on December 6, 2021