What is PBIS?

Buckingham Elementary School utilizes the PBIS Program (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), a proactive approach to school-wide discipline. This program focuses on creating and sustaining an environment for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing challenging behaviors through a collaborative team approach.


Teaching appropriate expectations and providing students with helpful strategies makes this initiative a rewarding component to our classroom instruction.


Our goal is to have consistent behavioral expectations throughout the school, which will enable all students to be academically and behaviorally successful.

PBIS Mission Statement
It is the mission of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Team at Buckingham Elementary School to facilitate the effective teaching and learning of positive behavioral expectations. Our purpose is to help each child reach his or her greatest potential. Through positive behavioral supports, we aspire to teach life skills that enable children to deal confidently with the complex and rapidly changing world.
Student Expectations

At Buckingham Elementary School, students have rights and privileges as well as responsibilities. As a school, we have set high standards for students to conduct themselves in a way that is respectful and helps to build a positive climate essential for learning. Students can expect school staff to reinforce the following school-wide expectations:



· Yourself

· Others

· Learning

· Environment


All students are taught the BES expectations through a matrix, or chart. Students are specifically taught how to show respect for yourself, others, learning, and the environment in each of the following areas:


· Bus · Hallway · Classroom

· Bathroom · Cafeteria · Playground · Assemblies


Systems are in place for re-teaching expected behaviors when necessary.

Bucky Bucks - Bear Dollars
Bucky Bucks

Bucky Bucks are a tangible symbol of positive praise given to students in recognition of their appropriate behavior choices.


On Bucky Buck Trade-In Day students can trade in their Bucky Bucks for grade level incentives, like being a Staff Member’s Helper.  Students may also choose to save their Bucky Bucks for school-wide incentives such as a Walk to the Park!

In the 2016-2017 school year BES students earned 158,266 Bucky Bucks.

Ask your child how they demonstrated respect to earn BUCKY BUCKS today!

Quarterly Incentives

Students will need 40 Bucky Bucks to participate. Students may need to be encouraged to save Bucky Bucks for these incentives, rather than trading in during the monthly coupon cash-ins. The school-wide incentives are scheduled during the following months.


October 30, 2017 - Hay Ride

February 26, 2018 - Teddy Bear Adoption

April 6, 2018 – Sports Spectacular

May 31, 2018 - Walk to Park

Tiered Intervention System

Positive behavior intervention and support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.


Attention is focused on creating and sustaining Tier 1 (universal for ALL students), Tier 2 (targeted group support for SOME students), and Tier 3 (individual support for a FEW students) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional. (https://www.pbis.org/school/tier2supports)

The colored graphic shows the systems in place for students at BES to help shape and encourage positive behaviors.

Sample PBIS Lesson Plans
Teacher Resources

Below are a few sample lesson plans to address behaviors in different areas of the school.


Please check back for more updated lesson plans and resources throughout the year.

Respect Video for Students

Worcester County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Supervisor of Human Resources - Worcester County Board of Education, 6270 Worcester Highway, Newark, MD 21841  410-632-5000


Buckingham Elementary School 

100 Buckingham Road  Berlin, MD 21811 | Phone 410-632-5300 | Fax 410-632-5309

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