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PBIS in Cambridge-Isanti Schools

posted Apr 29, 2018, 8:03 PM by Kristin Daniels   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 8:03 PM ]

As many of you are aware, the Cambridge-Isanti Schools were given a “last minute” grant opportunity in January of 2017 to apply for unspent PBIS funds available through the Department of Education.  At the time this grant opportunity became available we only had four schools (IMS/MNC & IIS/SFAS) who had gone through an MDE PBIS training and were using PBIS in their schools. After much discussion and MDE offering Cambridge-Isanti a cohort and training within our own district, it was decided to move forward with becoming a districtwide PBIS program.


Though it was a crazy start, we were pleased to create PBIS teams in each school. A total of 90 staff were trained between January 17, 2017 and May 22, 2017. As a culmination of their training, the PBIS teams attended the MDE PBIS Summer Institute in June. Since then there have been multiple team meetings at the different sites and amazing programs being put into place.


In addition to the original PBIS grant, we applied for and were awarded a “mini-grant” this past January. The funds from this grant are being used this spring by our PBIS teams to complete the Tiered Fidelity Report and to create action plans for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Here are a few of the great things that are happening in our schools. Our PBIS teams should be proud of their accomplishments.

  • The “Golden Vacuum” where classes are awarded a trophy by the custodians for demonstrating responsibility in having a clean environment, being respectful of their spaces, and taking pride in cleaning up after themselves  


  • School stores & monthly assemblies celebrating Bluejacket Pride


  • Weekly drawings for Treasure Box choices


  • Bluejacket Pride Matrix & Bluejacket Boulevard where students can choose to sit in the teacher’s chair or give a shout out on the morning announcements


  • Students participated in a PBIS Winter Olympic.  The teams competed against one another in events such as:  Curling, Norwegian Skiing, Planking, Tug O’ War and Luge Teams worked together to create a Team Flag


  • Teachers have been re-teaching the expectations at the start of each term at one of our sites, resulting in a decrease in suspensions


  • Schools have been working on their matrix and celebrating positive changes in student behavior


  • Data is being shared with students at the beginning of every trimester along with re-teaching of the matrix or behaviors that need to be reviewed


  • Golden Spatula Award in our lunchroom, which will reinforce classes who show they are Caring Critters in our cafeteria. Caring Critters take care of themselves, others and property!