The Sullivan Middle School is a P.B.I.S school.
P.B.I.S stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports. P.B.I.S is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Technical Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.
Specifically, the Sullivan School follows a rubric of expectations that centers on respecting yourself, respecting others, and respecting the school. Sullivan faculty and staff present PAW cards to students showing these school wide expectations. PAW cards are chosen daily for a small prize, while monthly winners are chosen for a bigger prize.
Each month, the Sullivan staff recognizes students for their positive work in the classroom and school community (Students of the Month). These students are praised during grade-wide assemblies called, Respect & Responsibility Assemblies. They receive prizes, along with their picture proudly displayed in the school lobby.