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School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

General Overview

            The main focus of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at Citrus Middle School. While many faculty and students may have assumptions of what is expected behavior, we cannot assume that everyone’s beliefs are similar. Through PBIS, we will work to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL school community members have clear expectations and understandings of their role in the educational process.


Proactive Approach to School-Wide Discipline

     Schools that implement school-wide systems of positive behavior support focus on taking a team-based system approach and teaching appropriate behavior to all students in the school. Schools that have been successful in building school-wide systems develop procedures to accomplish the following:


1. Behavioral Expectations are Defined. A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are defined in positive, simple, rules. Citrus Middle School Pride Commitments are:
  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible


2. Behavioral Expectations are Taught. The behavioral expectations are taught to all students on campus, and are taught in real contexts. Teaching appropriate behavior involves much more than simply telling students what behaviors they should avoid. Specific behavioral examples are:
  • Being respectful means raising your hand when you want to speak or get help.
  • Being respectful means using a person’s name when you talk to him or her.
  • Being respectful means following dress code guidelines
  • Being safe means knowing and following classroom and school rules on a daily basis.
  • Being safe means to be on time.
  • Being safe means cleaning up after yourself.
  • Being responsible means to be prepared with assignments and materials.
  • Being responsible means to follow and respond appropriately to adult direction.
  • Being responsible means using appropriate language in and out of the classroom.


Behavioral expectations are taught using the same teaching formats applied to other curricula. The general rule is presented, the rationale for the rule is discussed, positive examples (“right way”) are described and rehearsed, and negative examples (“wrong way”) are described and modeled. Students are given an opportunity to practice the “right way” until they demonstrate fluent performance.


3. Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged. Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis. CMS has designed a formal system that rewards positive behaviors. “Caught demonstrating Viking Pride” are immediate forms used by the individual teacher, as a tool of encouragement and a student motivator.


4. Behavioral Errors are Corrected Proactively. When students violate behavioral expectations, clear procedures are needed for providing information to them that their behavior was unacceptable, and preventing that unacceptable behavior from resulting in inadvertent rewards. Students, teachers, and administrators all should be able to predict what will occur when behavioral errors are identified.


Citrus Middle School Teaching Matrix





Outdoor Walkways



Get to Destination Promptly


Awareness of personal space


Use Walkway


Food Area



Form a straight line


Clean-Up after yourself


Practice good table manners




Use restroom quickly and quietly


Use paper and water wisely


Report any problems to your teacher

School Activities



Awareness of personal space


Follow Directions


Be a Good Sport


Positive interactions




Be on Time


Come Prepared


Be engaged in the learning process


Complete ALL assignments


Keep hands and feet to self


Walk quietly by classrooms in session


Be Polite to authority figures, students and visitors

Keep feet and hands to self


Be aware of personal space


Be polite to adults, students and visitors

Keep feet and hands to self


Keep walls and fixtures clean


Keep paper off the floor

Keep feet and hands to self


Show positive sportsmanship


Be polite to adults, students, and visitors

Keep feet and hands to self


Follow classroom expectations


Be polite to adults, students, and visitors


Respect school and personal property




Report dangerous or threatening behavior



Report spills and unsafe conditions

Reports spills and unsafe conditions


Report unsanitary conditions

Report dangerous or unsafe situations

Maintenance and awareness of personal space


Use school/personal property appropriately


Report dangerous or unsafe situations.








“What Does School-Wide PBIS Emphasize?”

In general, SWPBIS emphasizes four integrated elements: (a) data for decision making, (b) measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data, (c) practices with evidence that these outcomes are achievable, and (d) systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices.


These four elements are guided by six important principles:

  • Develop a continuum of scientifically based behavior and academic interventions and supports
  • Use data to make decisions and solve problems
  • Arrange the environment to prevent the development and occurrence of problem behavior
  • Teach and encourage pro-social skills and behaviors
  • Implement evidence-based behavioral practices with fidelity and accountability
  • Screen universally and monitor student performance & progress continuously


Citrus Middle School

PBIS Goals

Citrus Middle School will provide a positive, safe, healthy, nurturing and respectful environment in which all students have the opportunity to progress academically and to become productive members of society.  PBIS aims to decrease behavioral infractions showing year-over-year improvement. PBIS assists towards this end as it is based upon the concept of teaching behaviors that will prevent noncompliance. We will provide this through the implementation of PBIS, which promotes the following:

Development of clearly defined and consistent student expectations and accountabilities which reflect CMS’s themes;

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible

Communication and collaboration between administration, staff, families and community.

Maintenance of an open ended flexible approach through the use of a data driven informational system.

Educationally sound methods that foster student character, safety, academic excellence and individual citizenship.


Classroom Teacher Responsibilities 

  • Teachers will define, teach, model, and practice each of the Viking behavioral expectations.
  • Teachers will display and use the classroom expectations based upon the Viking expectations. (Classroom expectations are to be posted in the classroom)
  • Teachers will implement targeted classroom interventions consistently and with fidelity every day.
  • Teachers will develop and/or use PBIS established strategies for recognizing students who meet and/or exceed Viking behaviors school-wide and classroom expectations using informal and formal recognition programs such as Positive Viking Points, and Student of the Month nominations.


Staff Personnel Responsibilities

  • Staff personnel are defined as all adults with supervisory authority, including those assigned to hall duty, lunch duty, bus duty, and all teachers whose students are in attendance at assemblies.
  • All classroom teachers are involved as supervisors at various points within the school day and/or school year.
  • Staff personnel will circulate among students and observe students to see that they are meeting school-wide expectations in all non-classroom settings of the school.
  • Staff personnel will talk with students and provide feedback based on the school -wide expectations.
  • Staff personnel will develop and/or use PBIS established strategies for recognizing students who meet and/or exceed school-wide and classroom expectations such as Positive Pirate Points.






Citrus Middle School Behavior/Academic Goals 2018/19


Behavioral Goal(s)

Goal #1: Citrus Middle school will increase our Positivity Day participation to 95% for the 2018/19 school year.


Goal #2: Citrus Middle school will decrease our Out Of School Suspensions (OSS) by 10% for the 2018/19 school year as compared to 2017/18 school Year.


Academic Goal(s)

Goal #1:  Citrus Middle school will increase the number of students receiving at least 2.30 to 83% of the total student body for the 2018/19 school year.


Goal #2: Citrus Middle school will increase our Special Education Student Academic performance rate by 5% (Nearly Meeting Standard) in 2018-19 as compared to the 2017/18 school year.



Citrus Middle School Culture and Climate shift

on Behavioral Redirection, Reinforcement and

Stakeholders Communication:  HERO

Hero benefits everyone

Hero is built for the school heroes. The teachers. The students. Those who inspire greatness. Track the good with the bad, and reinforce positive behaviors that have the potential to ripple through your school. Then, deliver your district office the data it needs to see how your culture is shifting - for the better. 

Positive Behavior (PBIS) Program Support


Hero is designed to complement PBIS programs. Effectively and consistently tracking behaviors - whether they be positive or negative - helps support a PBIS program and effectuate cultural change. Accurate data helps tell a school what's happening among its population, and to identify the heroes among it. Hero tracks behavior in the classroom, the hallways and virtually anywhere on campus, all feeding into your overall behavioral program goals.


Incident Tracking + Referral Process Automation

Hero helps monitor all forms of student behavior. Good or bad, minor or major, you will always know what's happening on campus. Using any web browser, the Hero Mobile Scanning Solution, or your own Android & iOS devices, we allow you to spot heroes in your school and capture behavior where and when it happens. Keep accurate attendance records. Assign warnings and consequences automatically.


Classroom Management Solutions

Hero is built to document incidents and recognize good behavior both inside the classroom and across campus. There's no additional installation necessary as data extends to every device and desktop, giving teachers easy access to their students' data. They can utilize information to track students individually or as a group. With Hero, all data flows back to your central database in real time, providing stakeholders instant visibility to student behavior. And the Hero Dashboard is valuable to teachers and administrators alike, providing at-a-glance visual reports of trends, top 10 lists, watch lists and much more.


Track Attendance For All Sorts of School Events

Hero helps track and manage attendance. But it's more than that. Ticket sales for an event, student eligibility, in/out timestamps for dances, field trips and any other event on or off campus - Hero utilizes its robust tracking features and translates it into a successful way to manage the various events that are part of a school. The Event Management module also aligns to the larger goal of recognizing positive behavior. Give the heroes among your student population access to exciting events through using their earned Hero points. The module can also be set up for use in your tutoring and media centers, tracking in/out movement and participation.



Parent + Student Engagement Tools for SUCCESS

Good--and bad--behavior happens. Keeping parents, teachers, and students on the same page about those behaviors is our goal.  Hero Engagement Tools allow teachers to deliver real-time communications to parents who can then respond directly.  Students (and their parents) are able to to see individual performance, promoting more positive behaviors.  These features and more are added to the Hero platform to help bridge the communication gap between school and home, helping to make more active participants in student SUCCESS.



Fresno County SELPA PBIS Support Material
PBIS World: Behavioral Lesson Plans/ Support Material
HERO System