What is PBIS?

Frequently, the question is asked, "Why should I have to teach kids to be good? They already know what they are supposed to do. Why can I not just expect good behavior?"

BSMS uses Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to teach and reinforce appropriate behaviors. In 2010, our school was recognized as a Green Ribbon School by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for our school climate and focus on teaching expectations.

As a staff, we have created school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and restrooms).

In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.


At BSMS, we teach and reteach expectations throughout the school-year to help students understand what behaviors are expected in each area of our school. We use our PBIS Matrix - SOAR to teach those. SOAR stands for Safety Conscious, Open-Minded, Always Prepared, Respectful and Responsible.

When staff members see a student meeting expectations, they recognize the student by giving him or her a Butner Buck. Butner Bucks can be spent in a variety of ways in the school building.

What Does SOAR Stand For?