Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)

Our school wide behavior plan here at Covington Elementary is called The Fish Philosophy. The goal of our program is to set clear expectations that will support our students as they learn to make appropriate choices in a variety of settings which will promote a positive and supportive learning environment for all students. There are four components to The Fish Philosophy that guide our school behavioral expectations. We ask for your cooperation in helping us to help all students accept responsibility for their actions and develop self-discipline by discussing these four expectations.

Have Fun Learning Work made fun gets done, especially when we choose to do serious tasks in a lighthearted spontaneous way. Play is not just an activity, it's a state of mind that brings new energy to the tasks at hand and sparks creative solutions.
Make Their Day When you "make someone's day" (or moment) through a small kindness or unforgettable engagement, you turn even routine encounters into special memories. The world becomes a better place the moment you act on an intention to serve another.
Be There The glue in our humanity is in being fully present for one another. Being there also is a great way to practice wholeheartedness and fight burnout, for it is those halfhearted tasks you perform while juggling other things that wear you out. You can multi-task with "stuff, " but you need to "be there" for people.
Choose Your Attitude When you look for the worst you will find it everywhere. When you learn you have the power to choose your response to what life brings, you can look for the best and find opportunities you never imagined possible. If you find yourself with an attitude that is not what you want it to be, you can choose a new one. The attitude you have right now is the one you are choosing. Is it the one you want?

Positive Reinforcement Plan

“Bait Bucks” Students can receive a “Bait Buck” when “caught” following the expectations.  These bucks can be given by any employee.  One half of the ticket is saved by the student and the other goes home to let parents know why the student has been caught fishing.
Fishing Party Students that have the allotted amount of “Bait Bucks” are invited to a Fishing Celebration during the year.  Each student can participate if they have the required amount of “Bait Bucks” for each Fishing Celebration.
Classroom Rewards Each teacher has their own individual classroom reward program.
Terrific Kids Breakfast Each month one student from each classroom that has been “fishing” is honored at the Terrific Kids’ breakfast.  Parents are invited to attend.
Catch of the Day Each day during morning announcements, the principal announces the catch of the day.  Catch of the Day is given to someone on campus that is “caught” following the fish philosophy.  This person; student, parent, faculty, or staff member is asked to come to the office for a sticker and applause.
Fun Freaky Friday Each Friday afternoon, 1 student from each classroom will be invited to attend a Fun Freaky Friday party with the Principal in the office.
Super Dooper Teacher Students are encouraged to write why they feel their teacher (any adult on campus) has been “fishing.”  The
recommendation is put in a container in the lobby.  On Monday morning, one letter is drawn on broadcast and that teacher is awarded a one free duty day that week.
Golden spatula The spirit stick is awarded in the cafeteria to the class in each grade level that is chosen each day for doing the best job following cafeteria rules.
I Got Caught Fishing
Post Cards
Post cards are mailed home to parents of students that have been caught doing an exceptional job following school expectations.
“Bus of the Day” A fish stuffed animal is given to the bus, each afternoon who demonstrated following school expectations and bus rules during the prior week.
Bus and Car Fish Tickets Fish Tickets are given to the students that are “caught” following school expectations in bus line and car line areas.  Several are picked daily during morning broadcast and these students receive a fish sticker from the office. 
Specific Verbal Feedback When employees see student(s) following schoolwide expectations, they acknowledge the student(s) by giving specific positive verbal feedback.
“Fish” Focus Each month the PBS committee analyzes the discipline data and identifies and area of instructional focus.  The teachers incorporate this Fish Focus into their instruction throughout the month.