What is PBIS?

PBIS stands for “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.” At McMullen, teachers directly teach students expected behaviors in the building. Expected behaviors are worded in a positive way, focusing on how students should behave, rather than what they shouldn’t do. Our expectations fall under three categories:  Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe. These expectations are the same throughout the school building for all students and staff. PBIS schools also praise and recognize students for the positive behaviors they show at school (e.g., with rewards from a raffle, sending positive notes home, end of week special events, and students of the month) so that these positive behaviors are more likely to happen in the future. In addition, PBIS involves using a range of supportive services (called interventions) to encourage appropriate behaviors and prevent or address problem behaviors. These interventions are based on data and are evidence based, meaning they have been shown to work in school settings.


In all settings McMullen Students are expected to follow these principles daily:

  • Be respectful:  Think of others, be kind, use kind words and actions, listen to and obey adults

  • Be Responsible:  Do your job, take care of yourself and your belongings, take care of school property, be on time, clean up after yourself

  • Be Safe:  Follow safety rules, listen to adults, stay in designated areas, be gentle in your play, use equipment for intended purposes




Schoolwide Positive Expections Matrix

McMullen Students of the Month