Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

What is PBIS ?

PBIS is a research based, systematic approach to teaching expected behaviors. It includes a three level system to address behavior needs and expectations school-wide, in classrooms and for students with at-risk behaviors. Behaviors are explicitly taught and reinforced through positive behavior support.

What is PRIDE?

PRIDE is the acronym at Laurel Elementary School  to outline the following behavior expectations:

P- Prepared

R- Respectful

I- Inspire Kindness 

D- Demonstrate Integrity

E- Everyone is Safe


At Laurel Elementary School, we utilize a behavior matrix that is created and implemented by all school personnel. It includes expectations and behaviors for all school settings. Teachers use lessons to explicitly teach desired behaviors. For example from August to September, our students utilized daily socioemotional lessons (SEL) about demonstrating  P.R.I.D.E. behavior in each area of our school. At Laurel Elementary, we promote P.R.I.D.E behaviors to help students make thoughtful decisions regarding the choices they make at school. Students are rewarded for following expectations through PRIDE cards that can be redeemed at the PRIDE Store or in their classrooms.

Minors and Majors in PBIS *See Laurel Discipline Matrix?

  • Minors: Minor Behaviors are also known as those behaviors that the classroom teacher or school employee should be able to handle without the need for administrator intervention.  These behaviors should be regular classroom management scenarios.
  • Majors (Office Referrals): Major Behaviors are defined as those behaviors that require a teacher/staff member to request the assistance of the office or an administrator to deal with the behavior. 
  • We have events like our Golden P.R.I.D.E Ticket Party (“party” can range from an assembly to short film day, etc.) where students who exhibit PRIDE behaviors will be invited to. Each trimester students who have a certain number of majors (Office Referrals) will be disqualified from attending.
  • Attendance (missing more than 10% of the school year) can also impact a student's qualification for attending PBIS school wide and classroom events. We want to prepare 21st century learners to manage their time wisely and prioritize the learning process.

What can parents do to support PBIS and PRIDE?

*Ask your children about their day and the PRIDE cards they earned by demonstrating positive behavior.

*Talk about making good choices and showing their " Lion P.R.I.D.E" at school.

*Read books to your child that teach them about behavior and character.

*Communicate often with your child's teacher on behavior. Ask how you can help and share what works at home.

*Review the matrix with your child.


Request for Assistance

Laurel Elementary would like to make sure that all students and parents are provided with support, if needed. With the large number of students and families that are a part of the Laurel community, it can be difficult for staff to know when a student or parent may need support which is why a request for assistance form has been created.

We have provided a copy of our Request for Assistance form to be downloaded. This form can also be found in the front office.. We encourage you or your child to fill the form out and turn it in to the front office  if there is ever a time when support is felt like it is needed. The Lion Watch team will review the forms, make contact with whomever requested the assistance, and will take one of the following steps:


  • come up with strategies, interventions, and/or a support system for that particular situation
  • create an action plan
  • provide resources that can assist with that particular situation
  • refer student/parent to other resources that may better assist with the situation if the school is unable to provide sufficient or adequate assistance