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Examples of Schoolwide Behavior Expectations for Elementary Schools

Elementary Schools

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible 1

Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Mindful 2

Respect Ourselves, Respect Others, Respect Property 3

BEARS: Be Responsible, Engage in Learning, Act Safely, Respect Yourself and Others, Show a Positive Attitude 4

PAWS: Positive Attitude, Act Responsibly, Work Towards Success, Show Respect 5

POWER: Prepared, Own It, We Stay Safe, Empathy, Respect 

PRIDE: Prepared, Respectful, Include Others, Be Dedicated, Be Engaged 

ROAR: Respect Others, On Task, Always Safe, Remember Self-Control

Bonnie Garcia Elementary School
Laredo, TX

Smith Station Elementary School
Fredericksburg, VA

College Park Elementary School
Irvine, CA

Foothills Elementary School
Colorado Springs, CO

Be safe, respectful, responsible. Bulldogs strong.
Breckenridge Elementary School
Breckenridge, CO


Lynass, L., Tsai, S.., Richman, T. D., & Cheney, D., (2012). Social expectations and behavioral indicators in school-wide positive behavior supports: A national study of behavior matrices. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 14(3), 153-161. doi:10.1177/1098300711412076

2 Curtis, R., Van Horne, J. W., Robertson, P., & Karvonen, M. (2010). Outcomes of a school-wide positive behavioral support program. Professional School Counseling, 13(3), 156-164.

3 Netzel, D., M., & Eber, L. (2003). Shifting from reactive to proactive discipline in an urban school district: A change of focus through PBIS implementation. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5, 71-79, doi:10.1177/10983007030050020201

4 Greenwood Elementary, Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO

5 North Middle School, Westfield Public School District, Westfield, MA