Last Updated: 5/13/2020 2:54 PM

pbisclipWhat is PBIS?

One of the foremost advances in schoolwide discipline is the emphasis on schoolwide 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). Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining Tier 1 supports (universal), Tier 2 supports (targeted group), and Tier 3 supports (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.


What is Our School Culture?

Mann Elementary is part of the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KYCID) for positive behavioral interventions and support (PBIS). Along with our Orange Frog initiative, it is a part of our effort at Mann to create a positive, encouraging and safe school environment.


  • Continue teaching and reviewing school wide behavior expectations and procedures.

  • Transition from previous GROW expectations to SPARK expectations

  • Demonstrate ‘SPARK’ behaviors in classrooms, common areas and on the bus.

  • Continue positive school wide recognition of SPARK expectations and behaviors

  • Update videos for school-wide expectations

School Wide Expectations

  • Self-Awareness (owning your behavior):   Use self-control, Think before you speak/act, & Admit mistakes
  • Positive: Keep a positive attitude  & Scan for the positive
  • Attitude of Gratitude: Look for things to be thankful for & Thank adults and classmates when they help you
  • Respect yourself and others: Make good choices, Treat others how you’d like to be treated, & Keep school clean and take care of property
  • Kindness: Use kind words, Include others, & Work together to solve problems

Schoolwide Recognition/Rewards:

  • Classroom Systems: Each teacher utilizes a classroom behavior system with incentives that encourage positive and appropriate behavior.
  • School-wide SPARK Award: Students are chosen bi-monthly by teachers for exhibiting the SPARK behaviors. Students are recognized in the morning announcements, given a certificate and reward, and their picture is featured on the big screen TV in the main lobby.
  • Orange Frog Challenge: Classes can earn orange frogs from teachers and staff by following SPARK procedures in common areas of the building. They are rewarded after every 20 frogs earned with various incentives they help to choose.
  • Expert Bus Rider Cards: Students who exhibit positive, safe and responsible behavior on the bus are rewarded with an expert bus-rider card and then recognized on the morning announcements.
  • Pond 4 Principal Awards: Teachers choose students who have been going above and beyond with their positivity and kindness to others. They get to put an orange frog with their name in Pond 4 in the front hallway.
  • Distinguished Lunch Award: To encourage positive and responsible behavior in the cafeteria, classrooms are recognized and can earn periodic awards for consistently receiving a distinguished rating at lunch.

To carry out the mission of KYCID and goal of PBIS, Mann Elementary has taken a team-based approach to problem solving that provides proactive instruction for our students, faculty and staff. The 2018-2019 PBIS committee members include, Genny Sullivan, Kristen Budde, Chris Kahmann, Jennifer Hatton,  Rebekah Ledford, Martha Duncan, Molly Broadus, Ashley Reusch, Anne Oney, Debby Short, and the school psychologist. These members are responsible for data based decisions to enhance school culture, participation in on-going professional development, and encouraging an increased staff, long-term commitment for positive behavior implementation.