• Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

    What is PBIS?

    PBIS  stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. It is a framework to explicitly teach expected behaviors in all school environments.  This framework encompasses all the initiatives within East Irondequoit Middle School. EIMS has adopted HEART: Honesty, Empathy, Advocating, Responsibility, and Thinking as our school-wide behavior expectations. At EIMS, we hope to encourage students to continuously make good behavioral choices by implementing this framework. 

    PBIS provides teachers and other school staff with information to help prevent behavior problems and help make school a safe learning environment.

    Research shows that the use of PBIS in schools has resulted in increased time for instruction.  In addition, it increases positive behaviors school-wide, thereby decreasing disruptive behaviors. PBIS is a three to five year process to implement, and behavior expectations will be taught within this timeframe. 

    How Does PBIS Work?

    Posters that highlight behavior expectations for all areas of the school, from the classrooms, office, gym, cafeteria, to the restrooms, will be posted to remind students of what is expected from them in each area. 

    • All students and staff are taught the school-wide expectations, and they receive frequent opportunities to practice them and be acknowledged when they use them.
    • Staff uses data to make decisions regarding behavior expectations.
    • It is our goal to provide our students with positive reinforcement when demonstrating positive behaviors.

    Key Components of PBIS

    • Clearly defining and teaching a set of behavioral expectations
    • Consistently acknowledging prosocial behavior
    • Constructively addressing problem behavior
    • Effectively using behavioral data to assess progress

     PBIS Pyramid - Universal Interventions 80%, Targeted Group Interventions 15%, Intensive Individual Interventions 5%

    What Can Parents Do?

    • Help develop a positive school climate.
    • Help teach your children the importance of school-wide expectations at home, at school, and in the community.
    • Volunteer in school activities.
    • Support with teaching of and reinforcement of expectations in home and community settings.
    • Help advertise PBIS  in the community.
    • Help gather resources (e.g., funds, merchant participation) for creating and maintaining PBIS with our school.
    • Celebrate your child’s successes.
    • Keep in regular contact with your child’s teachers.

    Recognition For Positive Behavior - Heart Cards

    Students will receive HEART stickers when an adult observes  a student demonstrating HEART.  A sticker will be placed on his/her iPad cover.  After a student has accumulated ten stickers, they will receive a HEART Card at lunch. 

    HEART cards are valid for thirty days from the date it is given, but students can earn multiple cards throughout the year.

    Students with a HEART card will earn a variety of incentives such as; line up in the cafeteria as soon as they arrive.  They receive discounts for dance tickets.  Free access to sporting events is allowed except  sectional games.

    Heart Card Levels:

    Level 1: Choose one privilege

    Level 2: Choose two privileges

    Level 3: Choose three privileges

    Level 4: Choose four privileges

    Golden Ticket Incentives

    Students who had no behavior referrals and less than 5 tardies and absences for a quarter receive a special choice (pizza/ice cream, games after school, open gym in morning).


    Each marking period, students who have demonstrated HEART will be eligible to participate in an assembly and/or receive an additional incentive with the  assembly.  Attendance and academics are equally important  as positive behavior.  Students with 5 or more illegal tardies or absences, and/or referrals in the area where behavior expectations have been taught, will not be eligible to participate in the assembly.  Booster sessions will occur throughout the year to re-teach HEART.

    Students who demonstrate HEART will participate in quarterly assemblies as a reward for positive behavior.  For example: Field Day and Sweethearts and Heroes.