Holmes is a PBIS School!
Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Be Safe!

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

(PBIS) is a research-based framework for teaching and supporting positive behaviors for ALL students. This school-wide approach to discipline focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. The benefits of implementing PBIS include

• Fewer behavior issues

• More instructional time

• Better attendance for student success

The foundation of PBIS at Holmes Elementary lies in the three fundamental expectations at all of our schools.

• Be Respectful

• Be Responsible

• Be Safe


The Behavior Matrix is a detailed description of expected behaviors in each setting of the school. For example, on the playground “slide on pockets/feet first” instructs how to be safe when on the playground. It is responsible to “no trace in your space” and take all of your items with you in the cafeteria. The matrix can be found posted throughout the school.


Throughout the school year, students are taught what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and safe in every setting during the school day. The lessons are called “Behavior Lessons”. These lessons will be re-taught and reinforced throughout the school year and become part of the instructional program. Reminders are frequently used. For example, before students leave a classroom, they might hear, “Remember to follow line basics”.



Acknowledging and reinforcing positive behavior is one of the best ways to encourage appropriate behavior and change inappropriate behavior. Students earn cards/tickets for meeting behavior expectations. When goals are met, students enjoy school-wide celebrations periodically and other special opportunities.


Parent/Guardian Support Together we can achieve more!

Parents/Guardians: To be successful, our behavior system needs to be a partnership between home and school. Throughout the school year, the PBIS team will send updates and information about PBIS. We invite your comments, concerns and ideas to make PBIS work at our school. Please support PBIS at your student’s school by:

• Reviewing behavior expectations with your child

• Using the three expectations at home:

• Be Respectful

• Be Responsible

• Be Safe


• Providing positive reinforcement (rewarding good choices with compliments or quality time) at home

 • Sharing comments with or asking questions of PBIS team members