Sir John A Cumber Primary School


What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach that is implemented in schools to support students’ behavioral and social culture to help students achieve social, emotional and academic success.

Why we have PBIS?

PBIS is implemented at JACPS to help students and teachers to demonstrate positive behavior in and out of the classroom and to reduce disciplinary incidents and to increase the school’s sense of safety and support for improved academic outcomes.

Our School’s Expectations

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe

Information about the SJACPS Mascot and why it is a Bee

The mascot was chosen to remind the students of JACPS expectations .The Bee was used because of our Expectations:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe

From these expectations emphasis is placed on the B’s so we arrived at our Bee Mascot because we are West- Bee-ers and our hive is SJACPS.

How we Reward Students and Create a Positive Climate in our Classroom and School

  • Students are rewarded with lollipop sticks when they demonstrate behaviors that are respectful, responsible or safe. 
  • Student place their lollipop sticks on a ‘whole class recognition board’.
  • Once the whole class have achieved the target number of lollipop sticks, the whole class is rewarded with a treat.
  • Students are given positive notes to take home for their behavior and parents receive weekly phone calls to endorse their child’s positive behavior.
  • Drop Box / Peer Nomination: Students nominate their peers who are demonstrating positive traits.
  • Every week (Fridays) an ‘Award Assembly’ is held by the Principal and ‘Star Students’ from each class are awarded a special certificate.
  • Every week (Fridays), those students that receievd a certificate at the ‘Award Assembly’ have a Hot Chocolate with the Principal.

How we deal with inappropriate behavior

1.   Verbal:

 School staff will give a verbal warning to students indicating a violation of school rules and /or responsibilities as and when they occur. Students will be given the opportunity to correct the behavior before further action is taken.

2.   Minor Behavior/Incident Report:

An individual conference between a student and staff member will be held to make sure the student is aware of his/her poor judgment regarding a particular incident or repeated inappropriate behaviors. This will provide opportunity for discussing possible alternatives available for the student to correct the behavior. Staff will record such incidents on Sims/Incident Report forms, and a relative sanction e.g. loss of privilege, time out or detention will be put in place. A call or conference with parent will likely occur, during which steps will be discussed to resolve the problem and to avoid possible.

3.  Referral to Administration:

Faculty members will complete an alternative report form after a major incident or when unacceptable behaviors have persisted. The principal will investigate the incidents and determine appropriate action to resolve the issue.

4.  How Parents can help to reinforce positive messages when a sanction is issued:

Parents can help their children to reinforce positive messages when a sanction is issued by helping your child/ward to own their action and find alternative measures that could be taken to ensure the behavior does not reoccur. Parents can also reinforce the expectations of the school at home and make it known to children that the school and home are working together to secure positive learning environment for all children.


Further information about PBIS can be found on the following websites:

Positive Beginnings –

The Association for Positive Behavior Support –

 The National Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports –



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