PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)

What Is PBIS?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based school success model focused on maximizing academic, social, emotional, behavioral development and progress of all students. Faculty committee members developed a matrix which categorizes students’ behaviors into three levels of intensity and assigns potential consequences to those behaviors.

The Matrix

Rewards: Additionally, PBIS includes a reward system! Students can earn blue tickets, Eagle Eye Awards, Community Cube Awards, and Exceptional EagleAwards throughout the school year.

Blue Tickets: Teachers and other staff members give out blue tickets for a variety of reasons. Blue Ticket Turn-In Days occur periodically so students can exchange their blue tickets for prizes.

Eagle Eye Awards: Teachers and other staff members give students Eagle Eye Awards to reward particularly outstanding examples of positive peer interaction. These students receive an LMS key chain or pencil and their name is announced during the morning announcements each Friday.

Community Cube Awards: Students can reward each other with Community Cube Awards to show gratitude for kindness that extends above and beyond everyday courtesies.

Exceptional Eagle Awards: Four students from each team are selected by their teachers each nine weeks to receive the Exceptional Eagle Award because they show outstanding academic achievement, behavior, and social interactions with their peers. They are acknowledged on the announcements, are given a certificate of achievement, and are recognized with a reception at the end of the school year.

How Does It Work? Faculty and staff reinforce PBIS with the R3 system (Respect Self, Respect Others, Respect Property). Here are a few comments from current Liberty Eagles about blue tickets:

“I’m going to try to get 40 blue tickets to get a sweatshirt for next year”
~6th grade boy

“My teacher hands out blue tickets for random things each day. I just have to make sure I have my agenda, a pencil, and my homework. I got one yesterday for being quiet!”
~8th grade girl

“I spent my blue tickets on Airheads, lolly-pops, and Sweet Tarts.”
~6th grade girl

“I’ve gotten blue tickets in history for being really fast in a game and in homeroom for bringing back my interim on time. Blue tickets are cool because at my old school we didn’t have any kind of reward system, just a lot of kids in detention all the time.”
~7th grade girl

“A teacher saw me help a kid with his hands full. I opened the library door for him, and a teacher gave me a blue ticket. She didn’t even know who I was.”
~8th grade boy

“I’ve gotten blue tickets in Spanish before for saying stuff in Spanish and in classes for being good during a fire drill. I’ve gotten blue tickets for lots of stuff. I trade them in for Airheads.”
~7th grade boy