Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

PBIS is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide discipline based on a RtI model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. 

The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools in over 40 states, resulting in dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Data-based decision making is a hallmark of PBIS, allowing successes to be easily shared with all relevant stakeholders.

The purpose of implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at Columbus School is to:

  • Create a more positive culture for our school, families and learning community
  • Create consistency among all staff; including CLC staff
  • Utilize data to guide our decision-making to identify all students in need of support
  • Recognize that our families are important members of the school community; increasing family support/involvement
  • Continually re-teach expectations and reinforce and/or acknowledge positive behavior

Body Basics

  • Sit up tall in your space
  • Look at the speaker
  • Voices off
  • Listening ears
  • Hands and feet quiet

Line Basics

  • Face forward in single file
  • Voices off
  • Hands by your side
  • Quiet walking feet
  • Stay in your line

Columbus Buddy Basics

More information on District-wide PBIS


The Appleton Area School District (AASD) is committed to providing students with a safe, secure, and healthy school environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. The Board of Education considers bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process and is prohibited. Education, intervention, awareness, and prevention exists for staff and students to ensure a learning environment that is free of bullying or intimidation.

To report an incident of bullying behavior, please complete the Bullying Allegation Report Form and submit to the appropriate building administrator/designee.

Read more about Bullying Prevention and Response in the AASD