The positive behavior intervention system (PBIS) is a program that schools implement to help promote positive behaviors in their school while deterring students from problem behaviors. This program is in its second year at Nicollet Junior High. The entire process of implementing the program takes 3-5 years. There are several components of the program designed to explicitly teach appropriate behaviors, reinforce these behaviors, and in doing this deterring students from problem behaviors. One of thecommon saying is to display your Nicollet FIRE. The F stands for focus, the I is for integrity, the r is for responsibility, and the e is for excellence. You can find this acronym all around the school and each of the students and staff know what it means. These four words describe how everyone should be acting at all times in the school. Another component of the program is charts all around the school highlighting how to display Nicollet FIRE in different areas of the school. It has guidelines for how to act in the gym, in the hall, in the cafeteria, and in the classroom. Whenever a student is caught displaying their Nicollet FIRE they receive a FIRE ticket. The FIRE tickets can be used to purchase items from the FIRE store. The program seems to be having great success at Nicollet, the program really has helped create a great learning environment.
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