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Students can earn PAWS slips if they can:

  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Safe


Jefferson is currently developing and implementing Social Academic Instructional Groups (SAIG). This is a Tier 2 Intervention designed to teach social and academic skills and address skill deficits for students who are not responding to Tier 1 (or school-wide) Interventions. A SAIG intervention is designed to teach students appropriate behaviors that will lead to success. This is done through intensive small group instruction, which includes teaching, modeling, practicing, monitoring, and generalizing skills. These groups are 30 minutes, once per week, and are taught by the school social worker or designated certified staff. SAIG groups focus on Coping Skills, Pro-social Skills, or Academic Skills.

Click here to view the Jefferson SAIG Group Parent Brochure.

For more information, please contact Christine Cusack, Jefferson Social Worker.

Restorative Conversations

When staff at Jefferson are processing behavior incidents with students, we use are using a restorative framework for conversations. This allows the child to be an active part of the conversation, to reflect on their behaviors, to identify what impact their behaviors might have had, and to be involved in identifying how they can repair any damage. 

Check out this handout to see how this framework works!

PBIS Gold Level Recipient 2016-2017

PBIS Gold Level Recipient 2015-2016

PBIS Silver Level Recipient 2014-2015

What is PBIS?

As part of District 205's Response to Intervention (RtI) initiatives, Jefferson has adapted PBIS as the framework for implementing a culture of discipline conducive to learning. Positive 
Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavior supports and social culture needed for all students in school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. PBIS is a school-wide behavior management system designed to encourage essential social skills. Research shows that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to not only change problematic, or unexpected behavior, but also to encourage and maintain expected behavior. PBIS helps to encourage a positive learning environment for students and also directly teaches our students important behavioral skills for life outside the halls of Jefferson Elementary School. 

Students receive positive praise throughout their school day to help reinforce all of the good things that they do at school. Teachers recognize those things by giving out PAWS slips. Students earn rewards for their good actions. 

Click here to view the Jefferson PBIS Parent Brochure.

ROARing Success Program

ROARing Success is an opportunity for a student to have positive interactions with an adult at scheduled times.

Why participate in ROARing Success?

The goal of ROARing Success is to increase the student’s ability to self-monitor his/her performance in the classroom and during school activities. During this intervention, students will have reminders of what the expectations are to help create a positive learning environment.

Students have been selected to be in the ROARing Success program based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Attendance
  • Minor Behaviors (Teacher-Managed Behaviors)
  • Major Behaviors (Office- Managed Behaviors)
  • Continuation of Support from Last School Year
  • Family or Student Recommendation
  • Staff Recommendation (e.g. class participation, need to self-advocate, increase in appropriate peer and adult interactions, or develop leadership skills)

For more information about ROARing Success click here.

For the "Home Incentive Planning" handout click here.

What does PBIS look like at Jefferson?

All students are expected to be respectful, responsible, and safe in all areas of the school throughout the school day. The students are directly taught the expectations within the first two weeks of school and following prolonged school breaks. Students are recognized by the staff for displaying appropriate behavior at a high rate with positive feedback and by being rewarded “PAWS tickets.” These tickets are put into a weekly raffle to win a prize. PAWS tickets are counted weekly to earn grade-level rewards. At the end of each month, "Mystery Winners" are drawn; these students have their picture posted on the PBIS bulletin board and win a special tee-shirt! Students are corrected for inappropriate behavior in a re-teach model. Students who continue to display inappropriate or unsafe behavior will be considered for additional behavioral supports and interventions.

Be sure to review our Behavior Matrix with your child!

Playground and Recess Rules

In order to keep all students safe, Jefferson has specific rules for the playground equipment. These rules are reviewed at the beginning of the school year in a PBIS assembly, and then retaught by teachers throughout the school year. 

Click here to view Jefferson's Recess and Playground Rules.


Jefferson now uses the SWIS system to collect data so that we can continue to improve. This system allows us to record student behavior data that we call 'major and minor' that may occur in the classroom, hallways, lunchroom, playground, and bathrooms. Teachers fill our a 'minor' or 'major' form and submit it to the principal to enter into the SWIS system. Students are aware when they receive a 'major' or 'minor'. Parents are notified of all 'majors' and of 'minors' at teachers' discretion.

The SWIS System is a reliable, confidential, web-based information system built to collect, summarize, and use student behavior data for decision making. Research demonstrates that educators can make more effective and efficient decisions when they have the right data in the right format at the right time.

With this system, Jefferson is able to use the information to make decisions about school wide behavior. We can create reports that help us with school improvement.