Our PBIS Team mission is to serve the MAES students, staff, and community by fostering a positive learning environment in which expected behaviors are taught, modeled, and reinforced. We will create a safe and supportive environment in which both students and staff can grow as respectful, responsible, and resilient citizens of their global community.

​PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for: ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings.

PBIS is NOT a program or a curriculum. It IS a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating an environment within which school-based teams of educators are trained:

  • Systems change
  • Effective behavior management principles and practices; and
  • Applications of research-validated instruction and management practices.

​The foundation of PBIS is teaching expected behaviors. The expected behaviors emphasized at Mt. Airy Elementary School are the 3 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Students are expected to demonstrate these behaviors at all locations throughout the school. In order to illustrate these behaviors, matrices are utilized to describe specifically how to show the expected behavior.  Teachers will have weekly class meetings to teach and reinforce school-wide expectations.

Students demonstrating the 3 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience will earn Cardinal Cash.  School staff members will distribute the cash to acknowledge an individual student's positive behavior.  Cash can be saved and used to redeem incentives through each classroom reward menus.  Cash will also be used to allow students to enter school-wide drawings.  The Cardinal Cash will change color each quarter so that all tickets must be collected, redeemed, and accounted for prior to color change.

Cardinal Cash

Staff members may also choose to recognize exceptional student behavior by submitting a Positive Office Referral.

Students will also participate in quarterly school-wide celebrations.