Camden County Schools has adopted a state-wide initiative entitled Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This framework is evidence-based and data-driven that has been proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school's sense of safety, improve school climate, and support improved academic outcomes for all students.

The PBIS System has 4 components:

  1. A matrix of behavioral expectations

  2. Lesson plans to teach the students the behavioral expectations

  3. An acknowledgement/reinforcement system

  4. Behavioral infraction Notice

PBIS in action at SMES is successful when we help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

For this to happen it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive for growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and directly teaching students about those expectations, it is our goal to create a positive atmosphere for optimal learning.

At SMES, we have 3 school-wide behavioral expectations:

  1. Be Respectful

  2. Be Responsible

  3. Be Safe

Who is the PBIS Team made up of?

  • Two teachers from every grade level at SMES

  • Two SMES PBIS Coaches

  • SMES Administrators

  • CCS Head PBIS Coach

  • Parents & Guardians

What is the family role in PBIS?
Including families in PBIS practices means families and school personnel work together and share in the responsibility of making educational decisions and improving student outcomes. Through effective family engagement, families and schools work together to create the conditions and practices which allow for ongoing collaboration, coordination, and partnerships.

How can we get involved?
Parents have a positive influence on students' academic achievement when they get involved in their children's learning at home. One way you can engage your child is by having dinner as a family or talking to your child daily about school. You can ask them questions using your five fingered; 5 things they learned (one for each subject, including resources), 4 things they talked about with their teacher or friends, 3 ways they were kind or someone was kind to them, 2 things that happened at school not academic related, and 1 thing they would change about their day.