Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
The Twinsburg City School District is committed to positive behavior and recognizing the positive accomplishments of our students. Our District Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model is a journey, starting when are students are cubs at Wilcox Primary School, all the way through their time at Twinsburg High School. In fact, we have a statement, which further exemplifies our PBIS vision:
At Wilcox Primary School, our students start out as “cubs.” Once they get their footing, they move onto Samuel Bissell Elementary School, where tigers learn to “roar.” When our tigers have found their voices, our students roar into George G. Dodge Intermediate School, where they earn their “stripes.” Once the last stripe has been achieved, our tigers enter R.B. Chamberlin Middle School, where they learn how to take “pride” in their school and community. Finally, our students, who were once cubs, leave Twinsburg High School, Tiger “Strong!”
Specifically, the staff at Samuel Bissell Elementary School promotes positive behavior in many different ways. Each morning, we start with our school Mission Statement, which states:
“Every day we show respect for our school and one another, through hard work and organization, we strive to reach our goals. We celebrate our achievements and take responsibility for our actions and our learning.”
"Bissell Tigers R.O.A.R. – Respect, Organization, Achievement, Responsibility!!!!”
In order to support our students, the Twinsburg City School District adopted a program called Zones of Regulation, which is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing feelings and emotions into four concrete colored zones. The Zones framework provides strategies to teach students to independently control their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts. To learn more, please visit our Zones of Regulation page by clicking here.
In addition to our mission statement, students are also taught through lessons and videos how Respect, Responsibility, Organization, Achievement look at Samuel Bissell Elementary School.
Students are also recognized in the following ways for their positive accomplishments:
- Golden Paw Tickets: Students receive Golden Paw Tickets for making good choices. Each month the class who receives the most Class Golden Paw Tickets is recognized with a prize. In the meantime, individual students are recognized each week for making positive behavior choices with various prizes. Students turn their tickets into the "Golden Tickets" bin outside the main office.
- “Random Acts of Kindness” Doves: Students who show kindness receive “Random Acts of Kindness” Doves for going above and beyond for their classmates, teachers or other school personnel. The doves are read over the announcements, posted on a bulletin board and a call home is made to share the news with the students’ parents. Students also receive a Samuel Bissell Elementary School Water Bottle for their kind act.
- “GRIT” Tickets: Students can earn “GRIT” Tickets for showing perseverance in school when faced with a challenging assignment or task. Their names are announced and their tickets are displayed on our “GRIT” board.
- Student of the Month Recognition at Board of Education Meeting and "Pizza with the Principal.”
- Students also receive pink or green raffle tickets for working hard in their classrooms, attention in class, and improved assessment scores. Recognitions are given to students on a weekly basis in the form of Samuel Bissell Elementary School trinkets (pencils, key chains, etc.).
If you have any questions about our school’s PBIS Initiatives, please contact Mr. Winter at:
330-486-2103 or [email protected]