Student Support Services
This section outlines health, social/emotional and academic support available to Weston Intermediate School students.
What is PBIS?
PBIS is an acronym for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. It is an evidence-based practice that provides an organizational approach for (1) improving the social and behavioral climate of school, (2) enhancing the impact of academic instruction on achievement, and (3) decreasing problem behaviors. The primary goal of PBIS is to support positive behaviors and appropriately address negative behaviors. Just as WIS has SRBI (Scientific Research-Based Intervention) to support student success in reading and math, WIS has PBIS to support student success in their social, emotional, and behavioral development.
The PBIS team at WIS is comprised of ten staff members, including the assistant principal, school psychologist, school counselor, teachers, and paraprofessionals. The PBIS team worked with students, staff, and parents to develop a school-wide behavioral expectation matrix based upon the acronym P.R.I.D.E.:
On this matrix, behavioral expectations are described for each of the major areas of the school, including the classrooms, hallways, cafetorium, playground, bathrooms, and bus. Students created posters that describe these positive behaviors, and staff members are using teacher-made PBIS lessons and Responsive Classroom materials to reinforce these expected behaviors. Finally, school-wide assemblies are held each month to reinforce the positive behavioral expectations in WIS P.R.I.D.E.