LPS Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

Acknowledgement System


catchResponding to student behavior (verbal or gesture) in a way that provides attention for positive/desired behavior or problem/non-desired behavior.


  • Reinforce the teaching of new behaviors
  • Behavior is likely to become a habit and recur in the future only if demonstrating it has been beneficial
  • Harness the influence of kids who are showing expected behaviors to encourage the kids who are not
  • Strengthen positive behaviors that can compete with problem behavior
  • Improve school climate
  • Create positive interactions and rapport with students

Poster Ideaspraise

School Examples

Sheridan Elementary:

Individual students and classrooms earn Sheridan Shark tickets for displaying safe, respectful and responsible behaviors in the classroom and non-classroom environments.  Once a classroom earns a certain number of sharks they celebrate with a Shark Party.  Examples of shark parties include bringing a stuffed animal to school, wearing pjs, etc.  Staff also receive a special acknowledgement ticket.


Lefler Middle School:

Students receive Pawsitives for demonstrating behaviors that are responsible, respectful and accepting.  They have a behavior focus every month and teachers are encouraged to watch for that specific behavior and acknowledge it when they see it.  These tickets go into a weekly drawing for prizes such as high school t-shirts and coupons and gift certificates to local businesses.

East High School:

When students demonstrate the school-wide expectations they are acknowledged with a “You’ve Been Caught in the Act” card.  Students turn their cards into a PBIS bowl located in the Media Center, Athletic Office, Main Office and Counseling Center.  A drawing takes place every Thursday during 4th period announcements for various prizes from the school and local businesses.  Staff who acknowledge students are also recognized during this time.