Helping students improve their behavior

  • The students and staff at Northley Middle School utilize Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) since 2008 and was recently recognized for their implementation of Tier I in 2019 and again in 2020. It was also recognized for implementation of Tier 2 in 2020.

    Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS) is an approach to helping people improve their difficult behavior that is based on four things:

    1. An UNDERSTANDING that people (even caregivers) do not control others, but seek to support others in their own behavior change process

    2. A BELIEF that there is a reason behind most difficult behavior, that people with difficult behavior should be treated with compassion and respect, and that they are entitled to lives of quality as well as effective services

    3. The APPLICATION of a large and growing body of knowledge about how to better understand people and make humane changes in their lives that can reduce the occurrence of difficult behavior

    4. A CONVICTION to continually move away from coercion - the use of unpleasant events to manage behavior.

The Viking Vision & The Three R's

  • The Northley Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports Program (PBIS), developed by a committee of teachers and faculty members in various core disciplines, focuses on teaching and positively reinforcing expected behaviors in all locations of the school in order to make Northley a better place to learn various aspects of the school environment that we felt needed to be improved upon in order to make Northley a better place to learn. This plan is entitled “The Viking Vision” and is comprised of the three R’s: The three school-wide expectations, referred to as the “Viking Vision” are comprised of the three R’s

    • Be Respectful

    • Be Responsible

    • Be Ready

    Throughout the school, location specific posters detailing expectations for each of the three R’s will be visible for students. The goal is to give students (and faculty members) positive expectations. If students see the purpose of the expectations in place, they will be more apt to follow them because they understand how negative behavior impacts themselves and others around them.