Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

We strive to support all students and staff by teaching and promoting a positive school climate.  We have three expectations/standards that are reinforced daily and in all areas of the school to help us stay on track. Students have been taught these expectations in all locations of the school building. The expectations are posted in all areas of the building.

RBES PBIS Brochure

Be Respectful | Be Responsible | Be Ready


Panter Point (Tickets) & Paw Prints

  • Students who are following the school expectations in the various locations of the school will earn Panther Points or Paw Prints
  • Tickets are given by staff to students to acknowledge individual positive behavior
  • Students are able to redeem tickets and Paw Prints once a week at our school store, Paw Mart - Microsoft Office document icon PawMart Info..doc
    • Monday - Grade 1
    • Tuesday - Grade 2
    • Wednesday - Grade 3
    • Thursday - Grade 4
    • Friday - Grade 5
    • Kindergarten arrange visits as needed
    • Paw-Mart items

School-wide Celebrations

  • At the end of each quarter, those students who have “stayed on green” all quarter receive a certificate at their team awards assembly.
  • Periodic Panther Holidays for those who stay on green

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Students have been taught the school rules for classroom and non-classroom settings.  If a child does not follow one of the three school rules, the following procedure is followed:

  • General Verbal Warning with reminder about appropriate behavior
  • Individual Verbal Warning with reminder about appropriate behavior


  • Students may complete a Stop-Think-Decide Form to evaluate the reason for their behavior and to consider alternate behaviors. If a student is unable to change their behavior then they will receive a “yellow” or a “red” depending on the nature of the behavior problem.  The yellow or red must go home and signed by the parent/guardian.  Students who demonstrate repeated problems with their behavior will receive additional individual support to develop appropriate strategies to be successful.  If the behavior does not improve, either a teacher or a school administrator will notify a parent.
  • Certain actions such as fighting, use of inappropriate language, possession of contraband or weapons, harassment, bullying and threats warrant immediate administrative involvement and are treated as an office referral. The school administrators will investigate these matters and consequences will be given as appropriate. In the case of an office referral, a parent will be contacted either via letter or phone call. Please sign the referral that your child brings home and return it to school the next day.
  • Suspension is considered if a student’s behavior is a serious violation of the HCPSS Code of Conduct and the school rules.

How are we doing?

  • RBES tracks all behavioral infractions as data to guide decision making for this program.~
  • Additional programs are now in place to support PBIS:
    • The Panther Club is a goal-setting program for selected students where a staff member mentors a student to help them be successful.
    • The Leadership Academy is another program for selected students and provides an opportunity for those students to demonstrate positive leadership skills.
    • Awards Assemblies are held quarterly to celebrate academic and behavioral achievements.
    • The RBES Anti-Bullying Program is implemented through the PBIS program. Students  have been taught empathy skills and skills to support self-esteem and students have learned strategies to stop bullying.

Grow Strong -

What is growing strong?

  • developing an understanding of their unique talents and strengths
  • identifying a competency for sharing their strengths with others
  • using and applying their strengths in a productive way

Students and teachers are working on lessons throughout the year in order to make the most of their strengths in everyday learning.  Focus topics include: goal setting, emphasizing the important of effort, engaging in positive experiences, creating excitment for the future, and celebrating effort and acheivement.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports are based on the research of Dr. George Sugai, formerly of the University of Oregon, currently based at the University of Connecticut. The Maryland State Department of Education and Sheppard Pratt Health Systems support PBIS locally. To learn more about PBIS in Maryland click on www.pbismaryland.org