Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

McKinley students demonstrate the MJ Way in all school environments. They understand how to show our three expectations of Responsible, Respectful and Safe. Teaching behavior expectations through PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) affords all students the initial instruction and on-going support they need to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe every day in every way.

Students are recognized with Buzzies as they demonstrate positive behaviors. These Buzzies serve to reinforce and solidify the positive behavior; they are an extrinsic way to recognize the intrinsic motivation that is developing within students to always be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. Additionally, the Buzzies can be used as “currency” in our token economy as student shop the school store each month for everything from school supplies to specialty items.

Body Basics

  • Sit up tall in your space
  • Look at the speaker
  • Voices off
  • Listening ears
  • Hands and feet quiet 

Line Basics

  • Face forward in single file
  • Voices off
  • Hands by your side
  • Quiet walking feet
  • Stay in your line

PBIS is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide discipline based on a RtI model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. 

The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools in over 40 states, resulting in dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Data-based decision making is a hallmark of PBIS, allowing successes to be easily shared with all relevant stakeholders.

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The Appleton Area School District (AASD) is committed to providing students with a safe, secure, and healthy school environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. 

The Board of Education considers bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process and is prohibited. Education, intervention, awareness, and prevention exists for staff and students to ensure a learning environment that is free of bullying or intimidation.

To report an incident of bullying behavior, please complete the Bullying Allegation Report Form and submit to the appropriate building administrator/designee.

Read more about Bullying Prevention and Response in the AASD