Positive Behavior Intervention Support
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction promotes the use of school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) to improve behavioral and academic success in all North Carolina schools. In 2003, Glenn C Marlow had the honor of being chosen to be a pilot Positive Behavior Intervention Support school.
The Positive Behavior Intervention Support program is a combination of effective practices that teaches and encourages respectful, responsible behaviors. The first thing that the PBIS program at Marlow did was establish expectations for each area/setting of the school. When you visit the halls, cafeteria or other parts of the school, you will see posters with the expectations on them. These expectations are based upon Marlow’s High Five:
- Be Safe
- Be Kind
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
- Be Mindful
Teachers teach these expectations to the children. PBIS is based on the premise that students learn appropriate behavior through instruction, practice, feedback and encouragement.
Your child may say that he/she received a “gotcha ticket”. These tickets are given to the children when they are seen exemplifying one of Marlow’s expectations. The tickets are then put in a central location, and on Mondays, fifteen tickets are drawn; five from K-1, five from 2-3, and five from 4-5. The winners are rewarded with small prizes, coupons, tickets for popcorn, etc. In addition, after each multiple of four tickets is earned, a small hand “bead” is given to the child. The children really look forward to Fridays because they are allowed to wear these beads on a chain at school. They also get to keep the necklaces at the end of the school year.
The high expectations of the PBIS program and the reinforcement for meeting these expectations has made Marlow a friendly and positive place to learn and work. Please feel free to ask your child’s teacher if you have more questions concerning the PBIS program. In addition, here are some websites that may give you more information:
Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact any Marlow Staff member at 654-3225.