PBIS – Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports


Ridgely Elementary School provides every student with the opportunity to achieve academic excellence by fostering a partnership between home, school and community.

The mission of the Ridgely Elementary School PBIS team is to foster and promote a respectful, positive and safe school environment that enhances student learning through teaching growth mindset, modeling expectations and recognizing positive behavior.

We strive to support all students and staff by promoting positive behavior school wide. We recite our Code of Conduct each day. It is reinforced daily in all areas of our school.

Graphic with Ridgely Terrier listing Code of Conduct

Student Recognition

Students receive recognition when they follow the Code of Conduct. Our recognition and rewards program includes:


Students “caught” being good receive a PAW and a sticker. The PAW is placed in a drawing twice a week for a small prize.

Best in Show Ribbon

This ribbon is given to classes when ALL students are identified as following the Code of Conduct. Students not following the Code of Conduct consistently may or may not participate in the class reward. The goal for grades K – 2 is to earn 10 ribbons. The goal for grades 3 – 5 is to earn 15 ribbons.

Golden Tray Award (weekly)

This award is for classes that are good about cleaning up their messes at lunch. They eat and line up quietly.

Golden Ball Award (weekly)

This award is for classes that clean up and line up quickly at recess. They play respectfully and safely.

Attendance Awards

Students with perfect attendance for the year will receive a special reward and certificate.

The class with the most perfect days during the school year will earn $300 towards a party.

Terrier Award

This award is given at the end of each term to students who follow the Code of Conduct. Students earning the award will attend Terrier Activities during specials time. Students that have behavior incidents or office referrals will attend a re-training. We do not expect students to be perfect, but they must strive for excellence. They should take correction respectfully and change their behavior when asked. Students should strive to earn this award each term.

Academic Achievers

Certificates for academic achievement will be given to students at the end of each term in grades 3 – 5.

Consequences for Students

When the Code of Conduct is not followed, specific consequences will be enforced. These consequences may include:

  • Verbal warnings
  • Timeout
  • Loss of classroom privileges
  • Verbal or written communication home
  • Administration involvement, which may include a Behavior Incident, Minor Referral, or Major Referral. The CCPS Handbook states how certain actions warrant immediate administrative involvement such as fighting, inappropriate language, possession of contraband or weapons, harassment, or threats.