PBIS - Secondary

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What is PBIS?

A comprehensive Positive Behavior Support Plan includes a range of intervention strategies that are designed to prevent the problem behavior while teaching socially appropriate alternative behaviors. The goal is an enhanced quality of life for individuals involved and their support providers in a variety of settings.

The key features of PBIS, as identified by a pioneer in the field, George Sugai, include (6):
  • A prevention-focused continuum of support.
  • Proactive instructional approaches to teaching and improving social behaviors.
  • Conceptually sound and empirically validated practices.
  • Systems change to support effective practices.
  • Data-based decision making.

How does it work?

A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. The majority of students follow the school’s expectations, but are never acknowledged for their positive behavior. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all stakeholders use a consistent set of behavior expectations and rules. When some students do not respond to teaching of the behavioral rules, PBIS schools view it as an opportunity for re-teaching, not just punishment.

Junior High Student of The Month
Katelyn Hofmaster

Katelyn Hofmaster works hard in everything she does while keeping a positive attitude.”  - EV faculty member.


Katelyn Hofmaster is the Junior High PBIS Student of the Month for March.  She is the daughter of Stephane Hofmaster and Duane “Tiger” Lown of North English, and Mike Hofmaster of Newhall/Vinton.  She is the youngest sibling of Michaela, Jon, and Bree.  While in junior high, Katelyn has been involved in softball, volleyball, track, wrestling manager, chorus, and band.  She is very active after and during school!  In her free-time, she can be found playing softball, volleyball, or singing.


When she graduates in the year 2021, she would like to go on to college and become a veterinarian. Her advice to underclassmen and her peers is, “Get your homework done!”  Katelyn believes that “PBIS encourages students to improve their behavior.”


Something unique about Katelyn is that she once put a nail through her hand.


Here are some of her favorites:


Movie:  Moana

TV Show:  Arrow

Music:  Country

Sports team:  Chicago Cubs

Outside activity:  Softball

Food:  Cheeseburger


Congratulations, Katelyn!   The faculty and staff are very proud of you!


High School Student of The Month
Christina Berrier

Christina Berrier, daughter of Richard and Patty Berrier, is EV’s March PBIS Student of the Month.  Christina is the older sister to Rebecca and brother Richy. Christina and her family reside in North English.

The staff member that nominated her said, “Christina has a wonderful attitude everyday. She shows up and participates in class and gets her work done. She also helps struggling students in my class. She is hard working and a positive role model for other students.”

During high school, Christina has been involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Speech, Drama, and Girl Scouts.  In her spare time, she likes to read, watch Anime’, and cook. After high school, Christina would like to major in chemistry or biology. 

Her advice to underclassmen and her peers is, “You won’t regret saying something you never said.”  She feels PBIS “has good intentions, however has some bugs that need worked out, too.”  Something you might not know about Christina, is that she really, really, REALLY hates brussell sprouts!!!!!


Movie:  Columbo

TV show:  Psych

Music: Metallica

Sports team:  EV Softball

Outside activity:  Softball

Food:  Steak

Once again, the faculty and staff have chosen another excellent role model for the student of the month.