• Butler Middle School

    School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Plan Overview


    What is PBIS?

    PBIS is a tiered system of preventative interventions that support a student’s academic and emotional success. When implemented at the school level, PBIS provides a clear system for all expected behaviors at the Butler Middle School. Through PBIS, we will work together to create and maintain a productive and safe environment in which all school community members clearly understand the shared expectations for behavior. Through positive recognition and continual teaching of expectations, students will experience academic and social growth. 

    What are the benefits of PBIS?

    We believe that through the implementation of PBIS systems and strategies we will increase student academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior and establish a positive school climate. 

    Why PBIS?

    PBIS methods are research-based and have been proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in schools. One of the key components of the system is a focus on prevention. Students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations for all aspects of the school environment. They are provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective.


    Additional information on PBIS is available at www.PBIS.org


    PBIS Practices


    As part of PBIS, Butler Middle School has developed school-wide procedures to support implementation. 


    1. Define Behavioral Expectations: A small number of behavioral expectations are positively stated and clearly defined. At the Butler Middle School, our expectations are: be Safe, Respectful, and be Responsible. These expectations are outlined in the expectations matrix included in this packet. 


    1. Teach Behavioral Expectations: The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in a real context. Behavioral expectations are taught using the same teaching methods used in academic curricular (Teach, Model, and Practice).


    1. Acknowledge Appropriate Behavior: Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught they will be acknowledged on a regular basis. Butler Middle School has developed a system that acknowledges expected behavior. This acknowledgment system is outlined in this packet. 


    1. Correct Behavior Errors: When students violate behavioral expectations they are informed that their behavior is unacceptable. Clear procedures are used to direct students to appropriate behavior. Additional information is included in this packet.



    Behavioral Expectations 


    Parents please keep in mind that these expectations will be explicitly taught at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year. Our goal is to create a positive environment for all parties at the Butler Middle School. 

    At the beginning of each school year every classroom will work together to develop the expectations for their classroom. Each classroom will define what it looks like to be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible in their classroom.