Positive Behaviorial Interventions and Supports (PBIS)


Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a process for creating a safer and more effective school.  This approach teaches students to be responsible, respectful and safe.  PBIS is highly researched and evidence-based system for teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school.  PBIS supports the safety and success of ALL students. 


Altoona Elementary School's 3 Core Values:

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe


School-Wide Systems:


Specific procedures for teaching and celebrating these expectations will occur throughout the year. This will be achieved through the use of:

Cool Tools - School wide instruction of expected behavior.  All behaviors are taught at the beginning of the school year, after winter break and throughout the year whenever a student or class demonstrates difficulties displaying appropriate behaviors in a particular setting.

Office Discipline Referrals - A communication tool between home and school to inform parents of problem behaviors.  This data is tracked and collected for staff to see how referrals are being made each month and when and where behavior problems are occuring.

Celebrations– By following the expectations and earning "Rail Bucks", students participate in school-wide activities to celebrate positive behavior.

RAIL Bucks - Immediate reinforcement for positive behaviors.  These are given by all staff members whenever a student is observed following the expectations.  

  • Classroom acknowledgement: Twice a week students are recognized within their classroom.
  • Weekly acknowledgement: School-wide drawing from all of the RAIL Bucks collected school-wide for the week.  Students come down to the office and sign their name in the Railway Express. 

Action City helped us have some fun reviewing our rules before Thanksgiving Break!  We played games and tied them to our school expectations.  Before we played games, Kindergarten shared a Rules Rap to review all of our expectations.


Mummy Wrap game - warm-up

Stop and Go - Go kart game to practice following directions

Clean your plate - Practice cleaning up in the lunch room (and the teachers had to eat whipped cream off of a plate :)

Thanks to Benny and to everyone at Action City for coming in and helping us celebrate making good choices!