Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), also referred to as Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), began in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School district in 2008.  Chippewa Falls Middle School started implementation with students beginning the 2010-2011 school year.  For an explanation of PBIS go to:  https://www.pbis.org/school/swpbis-for-beginners


In Chippewa Falls Middle School we look at the systems and practices we have in place and use data to evaluate our outcomes.  A universal team of building staff meets regularly to develop, analyze, and train staff and students to improve our student outcomes.  Below are examples of what we have developed and implemented.


Our four school-wide behavior expectations were created first.  They are: 

Be Safe, Be Respectful,

Be Responsible, and Be Productive


After these were created we developed our School-Wide Behavior Matrix using these four expectations.  We use the behavior matrix to teach members of the CFMS community what we expect.  Refer to the School-Wide Matrix and the slide show below for examples of not only our School-Wide Matrix, but also examples of Classroom Matrices that have been created by teachers for individual environments.

School-Wide Matrix

Cardinal Directions

As stated, we directly teach our expectations to students.  We start out our school year by presenting expectations outlined in our handbook and teach expectations from our School-Wide Matrix.  We continue to focus on teaching expectations throughout the year during Teacher Advisory with our Cardinal Directions curriculum. 

Video Links
The link above will take others to view programs from the Public Broadcasting System. Many of these programs relate to topics covered in Teacher Advisory as well as other tips and tricks that are useful for middle school students.

Just Act Right (JAR)

During the 2016-2017 school year we will be focusing on the theme, Just Act Right or JAR.  Our expectations will be directly taught and reinforced using this theme.  Please watch the video below to get an idea of what it means to Just Act Right at Chippewa Falls Middle School!

Stop, Walk and Talk

Stop, Walk and Talk is an approach used at Chippewa Falls Middle School to help decrease the number of occurrences of disrespectful behavior between students.  With this approach, we are focusing on having our students tell others to Stop when they are being treated with disrespect, to Walk to an adult to inform him/her of the situation, and to Talk to that adult about what took place.  Please discuss Stop, Walk and Talk with your child to help support the implementation of this approach.



Stop, Walk and Talk
Attached is a PowerPoint that was shared with staff and students to clarify expectations regarding this practice.


The Tier Two intervention Check-In/Check-Out (CICO) was implemented in November of the 2012 school year at CFMS.  Students on this intervention receive a Daily Progress Report (DPR) each morning when they arrive and get feedback from their teachers over the course of each day.  The DPR is based on our school's four expectations.  At the end of the day they return the DPR to their CICO manager.  Data collected is shared with parents and the team of teachers the student works with to evaluate progress.

To see documents related to CICO at Chippewa Falls Middle School please go to the following link and look under the heading Check-In/Check-Out:

Staff Resources

When students begin the CICO program they watch the CFMS staff and student created video by clicking on the link below.  Enjoy!  



PBIS School-Wide Matrix
Hallway Expectations
Be Respectful Example
Science Classroom Matrix

School-Wide Matrix

We have posters in every environment of Chippewa Falls Middle School to clarify expectations. 

This is one of our Hallway Matrices.

Students are acknowledged with Cardinal Credits when they display appropriate behavior at CFMS!

Cardinal Credits are collected in offices throughout CFMS. Monthly drawings are held to celebrate our students!

Ms. Nicolai's Classroom Expectations

One team's example of what it means to Be Respectful on their team.

An example of a science classroom matrix

We kicked off WEB, Where Everybody Belongs, to start the 2011-2012 school year.  All of our sixth grade students along with 80 eighth grade mentors and staff participated in activities throughout the day to welcome our new students to the middle school

WEB kick off at CFMS!

The Cardinal welcoming students to the first day of school!

2012 PBIS kick-off with student leaders displaying our school expectations to their peers

The Cardinal giving Cardinal Credits! 

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