Success Story

Washington Middle School

Green Bay School District

Grade Level: Middle
Profile Date: May 2010

Our PBIS Story

Washington Middle School staff decided that changes needed to be made. With a student population in which 75% were on free and reduced lunches, the data spoke loudly. The principal, Amy Bindas, brought forth the idea of PBIS to the staff. Then, in the spring of 2009, the staff responded positively and the Universal Team was created. After attending Universal Team training, the Universal Team put in a lot of time and effort in order to implement PBIS at the beginning of the 2009/2010 school year. 

After analyzing the data, the needs of the students became apparent. It was decided that we would use the first one and a half days of school to teach all of our students the behavioral expectations. The team created “Cool Tools” (lessons) to cover expected behaviors in the cafeteria, hallways, auditorium, bathroom, and the outside of our building. These “Cool Tools” were taught in specific locations around the school, with each group of students rotating through all of the stations. We also provided the students with a fashion show to emphasize appropriate apparel as one of the Cool Tool stations. 

In order to reinforce the positive behaviors, an acknowledgment schedule was created using Rocket stamps as the indicators. Acknowledgments were given just about every week. The “reinforcers” included things such as raffle tickets for drawings, front of the lunch line passes, Café Bucks, movie day admittance, free school dance tickets, WMS Star photos, and many more. 

Since the beginning of the school year, we have let our data guide us. We revised our school referral form to indicate a “documentation only” side and “office use” side. Though this has increased the data that we are collecting, we have noted that in comparing first semester data from 2008 to 2009, WMS has seen a decrease in the number of referrals by 12.3%. Our hallway referrals have dropped 47% and the number of suspensions have dropped 33%. Our students have gained more instructional time, as is indicated by the tables below. 

Although implementation has been a lot of work for our school and a lot of getting used to the new Washington Way, we have seen a growth in citizenship and character in our students. We are proud that they have risen to the high standards we have set for them. Our school continues to be a showcase of our students living out our motto of Watch Me Succeed.


Instructional Time Regained After PBIS Implementation Due to Fewer Referrals














 Instructional Time Regained After PBIS Implementation Due to Fewer Suspensions














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314 S. Baird St.
Green Bay, WI