Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

WHES School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Westmont Hilltop Elementary School implements School- Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) for students. The goal of this program is to improve the overall school climate and lay the foundation for the development of positive relationships. The goal is to decrease behavioral infractions showing year-to-year improvement. This program emphasizes the importance of exhibiting the "Westy Star" expectations, and students are rewarded when they display positive behaviors that align with the following expectations:
S- Stay Focused
T- Try Your Best
A- Act Safely
R- Respect Others
Students have the opportunity to earn "Westy Star Tickets" when they are exhibiting the expected behaviors. Please see the Expectations Matrix. These tickets can be cashed-in for rewards or prizes. We operate a school store once a month where students can spend their tickets. Tickets can also be spent to attend special events/assemblies. 
This program provides consistency when addressing student behavior. This will increase compliance, provide students with greater structure, and clarify expected behaviors. By concentrating on positive behaviors, we hope to create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for our students. 
For more information, please view our SWPBIS Brochure.
Please visit the following website for more information on this research-based program.

School Board Policy on Bullying Behaviors

The Board is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for district students. The Board recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore, the Board prohibits bullying by district students. The Board encourages students who have been bullied to promptly report such incidents to the building principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, or classroom teacher.

Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or series of acts, directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting, that is severe, persistent, or pervasive, and has the effect of doing any of the following: 1. Substantial interference with a student’s education; 2. Creation of a threatening environment; 3. Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.

The Board directs that complaints of bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when allegations are verified. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations. No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith reports of bullying.