PBIS @ WTE Mrs. Ashley Melanson

PBIS Grant GoalS

  • Goal 1 - Train a team of Westtown-Thornbury Elementary Teachers in the PBIS Program.
  • Goal 2 - Digitally track student behavior data in both classroom and non-classroom settings.
  • Goal 3 - Create proactive and clear behavior expectations to be taught and modeled to all Westtown-Thornbury Elementary students.

PBIS Accomplishments

The $700 partial grant funds were used to purchase substitute teachers to allow Westtown-Thornbury Elementary’s Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions Core Team to meet and plan with a PBIS representative from the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Meeting Outcomes:

  • The creation of a school-wide PBIS mission statement (Goal 1).
  • The development of a new school theme & student motto (Goal 3).
  • The design of a school-wide Behavior Matrix (Goals 1 & 3).
  • Building school-wide lesson plans to be used to introduce and teach PBIS expectations to students (Goal 3).
  • The development of a system for acknowledging and rewarding positive student behaviors (Goal 1).
  • Writing a new school song to introduce and teach PBIS expectations to students (Goal 3).
  • The creation of a system of interventions for negative student behaviors (Goal 1).
  • Obtaining and analyzing school-wide behavioral data to facilitate decision making (Goal 2).

Grant Funding Outcomes & Accomplishments


The mission of the Westtown-Thornbury PBIS Core Team is to implement and uphold a positive learning environment for all students and staff. We are committed to utilizing the five research-based components of PBIS within our school’s framework. This will be achieved by teaching behavioral and social expectations, and acknowledging outcomes, which will enhance student growth.

Westtown-Thornbury Elementary’s New Theme & Student Motto

School-wide Behavior Matrix

The PBIS Core Team created a school-wide Matrix of expected student behaviors. This matrix includes procedures and rules across all major school settings. Behavioral expectations were written in concise and direct language in order to promote student understanding and internalization. The Matrix also introduces WTE’s new motto, “Wildcats Put Their Best PAWS Forward.”

School-wide Behavior Expectations & Procedures Lesson Plans

Lessons were created in order to introduce and teach expected student behaviors across all school settings. School settings include the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, bathroom, and playground. Each lesson includes reference to our school’s new motto and the school-wide behavior matrix. In addition, lessons make use of consistent vocabulary to allow student internalization of behavior expectations and the transferring of positive behaviors across all school settings.

System for Acknowledging Positive Behavior

The following document will be included in a PBIS Staff Handbook to begin the 2019-2020 school year. This document outlines the key components of our school’s PBIS system for rewarding the positive behavior of both individuals and groups, as well as teacher expectations to facilitate the implementation of the new PBIS program with fidelity.

Paws Ticket

Power Paw

New School Song - Promoting Positive Behavior

System for Targeting Negative Behaviors

The following document will be included in a PBIS Staff Handbook to begin the 2019-2020 school year. This document outlines the key steps or interventions necessary to target and improve negative student behavior.

School-wide Behavior Data

Within the original grant proposal, it was a goal to digitally track student behavior data, in both classroom and non-classroom settings, through use of the SWISS Data Management System. Due to partial grant funding, we were unable to purchase this program to track student data. However, through teacher fundraising, we were able to obtain this program to begin use at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

In harmony with this goal, the PBIS Core Team was able to survey all WTE staff members in regards to student behavior and school climate. Through use of this data, behavior trends were identified in order to target student, classroom, or school-wide needs with the intention of putting an intervention in place to promote a positive change. This data was used to create the above behavior matrix, lesson plans, as well as systems for both positive and negative student behavior.

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