PBIS Cards: What’s Is the Purpose?

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PBIS Cards: What’s Is the Purpose?

A quarter 1 PBIS card.

A quarter 1 PBIS card.

Madeleine Andrews

A quarter 1 PBIS card.

Madeleine Andrews

Madeleine Andrews

A quarter 1 PBIS card.

Braden Price and Eugene Brown

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Have you ever wondered what the point of PBIS cards is? Are they even helpful?

To solve the mystery of the PBIS cards we interviewed Ms. Kulczycki, West Middle School’s Assistant Principal. Ms.Kulczycki states the goal of the cards is to cause fewer suspensions. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. The cards are meant to give a negative consequence for unwanted student behavior and reward students for good behavior at the end of each quarter. The next PBIS award is January 18, 2019, during each grade’s elective hour. The PBIS rewards will be hot chocolate and a movie. 

Mrs. Kulczycki informed us that“the number one reason PBIS cards are taken is minor infractions like cell phone usage. PBIS is all about positive behavior and teaching how to behave.” But who loses the most? “ The data shows that 8th graders lose more cards than 6th and 7th [graders].” Students seem to lose the most cards during Primetime and lunch/recess.

We asked a couple students on their view on PBIS cards, here’s what they said. 7th grader Paker Foley stated, “They’re kinda good and kinda bad. They’re not the best.”  Seventh-grader Olivia Stults simply says “No, the cards are not helpful.” Students definitely do not like losing their PBIS cards and find it annoying when they are taken away. So does this mean the cards actually work, despite the students’ negative views on them?

Overall, make sure not to lose your PBIS cards.