In response to Governor Ducey’s executive order issued June 29, Mesa Public Schools will begin the school year on August 4 with enhanced, structured remote learning for all students. | En respuesta a la orden ejecutiva del Gobernador Ducey emitida el 29 de junio, las Escuelas Públicas de Mesa comenzarán el año escolar el 4 de agosto con un aprendizaje remoto estructurado y mejorado para todos los estudiantes.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
What is PBIS and how does it help my child?

PBIS is our positive way of acknowledging students who meet our school-wide expectations for behavior and for preventing discipline problems.  PBIS encourages a positive, safe, and academically comprehensive climate that will help all students be successful.

Our behavioral expectations are taught to all students, and are taught in real contexts.  Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they are acknowledged on a regular basis. Irving has designed a formal system that rewards positive behaviors. Irving Star Bucks are forms used by all staff to encourage and reinforce positive behaviors. Staff members can award Star Bucks to any student that is showing STAR behavior.  These Star Bucks are used for classroom drawings, and are turned in to the office to enter students into drawings for tangible rewards which are chosen each week.  Additionally, students are entered into a monthly drawing for Pizza with the Principal.


What are the expectations?
The "STAR" Matrix

To make it easier for our parents, staff and students, a "STAR" matrix was created and shared with everyone at the beginning of the school year.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our expectations and discuss them at home with your child.


How are negative behaviors addressed?
MIRs vs. ODRs

Minor infractions, such as impolite talking, teasing, dress code violations, low intensity disruptive behavior, etc, are tracked by the child's teacher through a Minor Infraction Referral (MIR).  MIRs allow staff to quickly identify patterns of behavior and address them as needed.

Major infractions, such as excessive defiance, vandalism, stealing, bullying, etc, will result in an Office Discipline Referral (ODR).  An ODR will require the child to take some "thinking time", a chance to ponder their actions and alternatives to their negative behavior.  The child will then fill out a reflection sheet, sign it, and take it home for a parent to sign as well.  

Please refer to the flowchart below for more details on how minor and major infractions are handled.


PBIS Goals:

  • More academic achievement and performance
  • Better school climate and safety
  • Fewer classroom disruptions
  • Fewer Office referrals