P.B.I.S at Pepper Ridge Elementary
What is PBIS? PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The
2012-13 school year will be our eighth year of PBIS. This is a behavior program
designed to better engage our learners and minimize distractions throughout the
One of the important aspects of this program is having consistent expectations
throughout the building. The three behavioral expectations at Pepper Ridge are:
1. Be Respectful
2. Be Responsible
3. Be a Leader
All Pepper Ridge students are familiar with these three expectations and have
learned what they mean for each area of the school. Attached is a behavior grid
that further explains the expectations for each area of Pepper Ridge.
Each morning, in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance, students also watch Rusty.
Who is Rusty? Rusty is the face of SchoolToolsTV. Rusty delivers a very short
video message every day which helps to provide students with a common
language for success in and out of the classroom. Each day of the week is focused
on a different topic like: Motivation Monday, Teamwork Tuesday, Wellness
Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday and Friendship Friday. Each week focuses on a
new Bully Byte and Manners Motto to motivate students to stand up for
themselves and communicate in a positive, assertive and polite way which is key
to solving problems. The PTO has provided this online resource for the entire
school! Thank you, Pepper Ridge PTO!
What are Puma Paws? When any staff member sees a student exhibiting one of
the three expectations, that student has a chance to earn a Puma Paw. A Puma
Paw is a small slip of paper that students can redeem for a variety of rewards.
Students can “spend” their Puma Paws to “purchase” a special privilege from the
Puma Paw Menu, which is attached. Students can also redeem Puma Paws at the
Puma Cart, which visits classrooms regularly and is stocked with small school
supplies and special toys/games. There are also special “Out of the Blue” Puma
Paws and special privileges that can be earned throughout the year. Puma Paws
can also be earned for good bus behavior. Puma Paws are a way to recognize
good behavior and tell Pepper Ridge students just how great they are!
In addition to teaching the three expectations, we also target a particular
behavior each month, such as proper bus behavior or proper behavior on the
playground. These lessons are called Cool Tools and students can earn Puma
Paws as a reward for following the spotlighted behavior.
“Check In Check Out” provides students with a positive extra support when
needed in meeting Pepper Ridge’s behavioral expectations. A CICO cycle lasts 4-8
weeks. Students are paired up with a mentor whom they check in with each
morning, and check out with each afternoon.
PBIS is a national movement. It is a proactive systems approach for creating and
maintaining safe and effective learning environments in schools. Currently, more
than 876 schools in 227 districts across Illinois participate in PBIS. Our Pepper
Ridge team is made up of administrators, instructional leaders, parents, and
PBIS is also a federally funded research project. The things we do as part of PBIS
are monitored by the state of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Education.
Data from our building, our district, and our state is combined with the data
from schools in 26 other states to influence federal education policy. Because of
this, we have access to some of the cutting edge research from leading authorities
throughout the nation. If you would like to learn more about PBIS, visit
Please let us know if you have any questions about PBIS at Pepper Ridge!