Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

PBIS is a school wide approach for creating safer and more effective schools.  PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of school to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems.  The process focuses on improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. With PBIS, instructional time is more effectively used for teaching and the overall school environment is calm and conducive to learning.  

PBIS Amazon Wish List

The PBIS team issues raffles and prizes to students that are exhibiting expected behaviors throughout the school day in addition to hosting marking period fun days.  If you wish to contribute to the PBIS program and purchase necessary items, please visit their Amazon Wish List.


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At Shippensburg Area Middle School, faculty and students have established building wide expectations, commonly referred to as Greyhound Expectations.  An easy way for students to remember the Greyhound Expectations is to use the mnemonic device "Students 'R' Pretty Cool." 

Be Safe

  • Keep hands and feet to yourself.
  • Stay seated during class instruction.
  • Respect others' personal space.
  • Use school equipment and furniture properly.

Be Respectful

  • Listen when other's speak.
  • Be accepting of all people and their differences.
  • Use school appropriate language.
  • Keep negative comments to yourself.
  • Clean up your area.

Be Prepared

  • Have all necessary materials for class. 
  • Pay attention to the teacher or speaker.
  • Focus on your work.
  • Complete work on time.
  • Ask for help.

Be Caring

  • Do your own work.
  • Contribute while working on group projects.
  • Be helpful to others.
  • Encourage and support others.
  • Say please and thank you.
Reward Pictures

Rewards for following expectations:

When students follow the Greyhound Expectations, the instructional education plan can be implemented at its best.  Teachers are able to teach in an environment conducive to teaching and students are able to learn in a comfortable environment.  Students can also earn rewards for their positive behavior. 

Champ Chances

Students who exhibit behaviors that are consistent with the Greyhound Expectations earn Champ Chances.  These tokens can be entered into raffles for prizes and experiences.  Students can also buy time to eat outside at picnic tables or go to the gym to play basketball after lunch.

Paw Passes

Students who demonstrate behaviors that are above-and-beyond the Greyhound expectations earn Paw Passes.  Ten Paw Pass winners are then chosen from the Principal's 200 Board to participate in a fun activity.

Marking Period Celebrations

Students who have one or less office referral will be invited to participate in a reward day.  Reward days for 2022 - 2023 are: 

October 27th -- Pep Rally

January 19th -- Lip Sync Battle

March 22nd -- Student/teacher basketball, dance, movie

May 30th -- Carnival