Success Story

Brown Deer Middle School
Brown Deer School District

Grade Level: Middle
Profile Date: March 2011

The Brown Deer School District is a K-12 public school district comprised of three schools located on one campus. Dean Elementary School houses four-year-old Kindergarten through 4th grade; Brown Deer Middle School, houses grades 5 through 8; and Brown Deer High School houses grades 9 through 12. The District's total enrollment is approximately 1800 students. The Village of Brown Deer, with approximately 13,000 residents, is located on the northernmost end of Milwaukee County. Boasting one of the most diverse populations in Wisconsin, Brown Deer is home to families representing a variety of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Brown Deer Middle School began implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) during the 2009-2010 school year with the leadership and guidance of Dr. Marirose Lucey, Principal, Mr. Ellis Turrentine, Assistant Principal & PBIS Internal Coach, and Mrs. Donna Okray, School Counselor & PBIS Internal Coach. Brown Deer Middel School completed Tier One training during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years. BDMS continues to work on Tier One fidelity and will begin training staff on Tier Two throughtout the 2010-2011 & 2011-2012 school years. We have a strong PBIS committee comprised of 20 staff members (not all 20 staff members were on our core PBIS Team that attended training) that are taking responsibility for the implementation and leadership of the BDMIS PBIS initiative. Recently, we grouped out PBIS committee into the following PBIS sub-groups:

  • Communication - Design a BDMS PBIS webpage, newsletter, and PBIS family connections
  • Data Collection - Analyze ODRs which guide our decision making process
  • Rewards/Incentives - Organize activities or programs to highlight the h"positives" that are taking place at BDMS - Maintains the Falcon Feathers
  • Cool Tools - Maintain and update our Cool Tool resources and remind staff of the Cool Tool Theme of the Week.

BDMS has established Universal (Tier 1) procedures, policies, and decision-making processes that consider school-wide and classroom systems and successes. We have implemented the following practices and strategies to support our foundation of BDMS PBIS:

  • Brown Deer Middle School "Falcon Four" Behavior Matrix
    • Be Respectful
    • Be Responsible
    • Be Ready
    • Be Safe
  • Created an "Above the Line" Behavior System (Corwin Kronenberg).
  • BDMS PBIS Response Flow Chart which illustrates Classroom Managed (Minors) vs. Office Managed (Majors).
  • Social Emotional Learning through Second Step Lessons (classroom guidance/teacher taught-varies per grade level).
  • Cool Tool Theme of the Week taught during intervention period to support social emotional learning and behavioral expectations.
  • "Falcon Feathers" are used by staff members to reward positive student behavior throughout the week. On Fridays, a drawing is held on "Falcon Feather" acknowledgements are made over the announcements and student positive behavior is rewarded with a small prize.
  • "Student of the Month" acknowledgment system for the entire school. Students are selected by staff members for demonstrating "Falcon Four" Behaviors and/or strong academic accomplishments and growth. Students of the Month go to McDondalds for lunch with Mr. Ellis Turrentine, Assistant Principal and Mr. David Miller, School Counselor.

Because of the PBIS systems and practices that we have put in place at Brown Deer Middle School we have seen incredible reductions in our Office Discipline Referrals. In the 2009-10 school year, 268 students received at least one Office Discipline Referral, and 1,683 Office Discipline Referrals were recorded. The 2010-11 school year is well under way and so far only 144 students have received at least one Office Discipline Referral, and only 477 Office Discipline Referrals have been recorded. Overall, to date we have seen a reduction of 124 students receiving Office Discipline Referrals and 1,206 fewer Office Discipline Referrals than last school year. We look forward to our continued implementation of PBIS at Brown Deer Middle School!

School Website

(414) 371-6900


5757 West Dean Rd.
Brown Deer, WI 53223