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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

What is PBIS?

We are thrilled to announce that starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Parkway Heights will be implementing a new strategy for student success.  The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social and learning goals. Based on research, we know that when desired behavior and quality teaching come together, our students will excel both academically and socially.  Our aim is to instill in students a sense of purpose, a positive attitude, the ability to work together, and the importance of a safe school environment. On campus, these expectations are referred to as “PAWS”.  As parents, you are an integral part of this strategy; to that end, the staff wants to share this pertinent information with our families.


As part of the PBIS program, we have established several clear rules for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We will explicitly teach these expectations to the students and reward them frequently with positive recognition (e.g. raffle tickets, etc.) to celebrate their positive behavior.  Research indicates that by following the PBIS framework, our school can potentially reduce the number of negative behavioral consequences that students may experience in a school year.


The expectations for all student behavior will be clear throughout our campus including Panther Hall, the blacktop, hallways, offices, and classrooms. You will be able to ask your student, “What are the rules in your school?” “How do you follow those rules?” “What happens when a teacher sees you following the rules?”  And the goal is that your student will be able to provide you with the correct information. These expectations will be posted in all areas of our campus as reminders for expected appropriate behavior.


Students need simple, easy to understand rules. Our rules for Parkway Heights Middle School can be summarized very simply (PAWS):


l. Have a sense of PURPOSE


2. Maintain a positive ATTITUDE




4. Be SAFE


Students will hear a more consistent, positive message among all their teachers and staff members.  Teachers and staff will use consistent practices to hold students accountable for their behavior.  Lastly, students will be acknowledged for their positive behavior with school-wide reward systems.


If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call. Also, all the expectations for PAWS can be found in your student’s planner. Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter. The Parkway Heights Middle School staff and administration thank you for your support.