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What is PBIS? 

PBIS is a process for creating safe and effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. It is an approach to creating a safe, predictable, and productive learning environment where all teachers can teach and all students can learn. 


Why is PBIS important? 

PBIS creates common language between all staff and all students about what the expectations are while at school. The school environment becomes a more positive place because students feel safer when routines are regular and predictable. 


What is PBIS at Ponderosa? 

Our PBIS team and school staff have created expectations for each area in the school. These expectations are posted throughout the school and your child learns these expectations within the first couple of days. Ponderosa has also created unified expectations that are followed in all classroom and non- classroom areas.  These expectations are: 


      • Peaceful Work and Play 
      • Accept Responsibility 
      • Work Hard
      • Show Respect 



You and your children will hear us refer to these expectations as PAWS. Ponderosa staff will reinforce students who are following these expectations by giving them a PAWS tickets. The student will put one copy of their PAWS ticket in a class jar for a chance to be drawn for a prize on Fridays and they will bring a copy home to show off to parents and guardians. Please help us encourage this process by asking your child/children if they earned a PAWS ticket while they were at school! If you have questions about Ponderosa’s PBIS plan, please contact our school counselor, principal or classroom teacher.