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What is PBIS? 
Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is a way for schools to encourage good behavior. With PBIS, kids learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment.  PBIS is a proactive system approach used to create and maintain a safe and effective learning environment.  It is the intent of PBIS to ensure that all students have the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to ensure success at school and beyond.
PBIS Matrix 2022

PBIS Incentives and Rewards

Caught Being Paw-some!!!! 

Here at Hillcrest  we believe in bringing out the AWESOMENESS in your student. We have integrated this philosophy throughout the school and in everything we do. 

In order to "Be PAW-SOME",  a Husky will practice the 7 Habits and live Our Values


 Have Respect


 Use Organizational Skills


 Safety First


 Keep Learning


 You Can Do It!




We recognize our students by giving them PAW-SOME cards for exhibiting the  above behaviors & the 7 Habits.

PAW-SOME cards are filled out by a teacher or staff member, given to the student and the student places the earned cards into the Classroom Raffle Bucket. 

Classroom Raffles Buckets are collected on Fridays.

Opportunity drawing each Friday. 

Winners are announced on the Intercom & celebrated.


                                     PAWSOME Cards


What if a student needs more support? 

Students who need many reminders about following expectations are given a reflection paper to help the student think about why it is important to follow the expectation and what they could have done differently.  The severity of the behavior will determine the course of intervention. Should a student receive a detention, they will be required to fill out a reflection form and will be retaught expectations that are handled within the classroom.


Students with an Office Discipline Referral or sent to the Counselor's Office will have the opportunity to meet with the Principal and/or Counselor.  Staff may engage students in the following interventions: Problem Solving exercises, Conflict Resolution, Leader in Me lessons, a review of Hillcrest's PBIS Expectations Matrix, Community Circles, Accountability Partners, etc.

                                                                                    PBIS Wheel




Tier II provides additional support for those students who are not responding to school-wide interventions, while focusing on Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe. Hillcrest’s main Tier II Intervention is a Check-In/Check-Out (CICO) and Counseling Referral. CICO is a research-based intervention that offers constructive and positive feedback regarding a student’s behaviors throughout the day. Husky CICO's utilize a point sheet, which is completed by the teacher  and student after each subject or hour in order to provide immediate feedback on how he/she did demonstrating the expected behaviors. Students who need additional support are also assigned a Hillcrest Mentor. Mentors can be Certificated, Classified, or WoodCraft Rangers Staff.  Tier II monitors the progress made by each student and determines next steps each month.  A student may also be referred to the School Success Team.