Cougar Code PBIS


ositive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a program supported by the Arizona Department of Education to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence. At Union we call it Cougar Code Behavior, a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social, behavior and educational goals. We know that when exemplary behavior and stellar teaching come together, students will reach their maximum potential. The staff at Union Elementary are proud to be leading this initiative at our school.

As part of the Cougar Code program, we have established several clear expectations for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We will explicitly teach those expectations to the students and reward them frequently with positive praise and Cougar Code tickets. During the first week of school, students will tour the school learning all expectations and filling out their Cougar Code Passport. The expectations for all student behavior are clear throughout our campus, including the areas of the playground, cafeteria, and classrooms. You will be able to ask your child, “What are the expectations in your school?” “How do you follow those expectations?” “What happens when a teacher or staff member sees you following the expectations?” Throughout the year, students will be rewarded for making positive choices through the continued use of our Cougar Code Tickets.  

Our school expectations are also designed to prevent bullying behaviors while providing for a safe school environment; thus, allowing more time for instruction. We will apply consistent consequences and positive reinforcement for all kids. By detailing every expected behavior and teaching it to kids in a positive way, we will provide a common language for everyone in our building, including students, teachers, front office staff and our paraprofessionals. All staff will be able to encourage students to follow the Cougar Code and make PAWSitive choices. We believe that by guiding students to make positive behavior choices, creates a school community where all students have an environment where they can succeed and grow.

Union Elementary Behavior Flow Chart (1).docx
Reinforcement Matrix.doc
Union Elementary Behavior Flow Chart (1).docx

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