Expectations & PBIS


Elm is a PBIS school. "PBIS" stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a program used throughout District 401 schools to emphasize appropriate behaviors.

We are proud of the behavior that our students exhibit throughout the school year. We stress positive reinforcements. 


Our Approach


Elm Middle School advocates the philosophy that students should be given the responsibility to make decisions and to be responsible for their actions. 

When a student inhibits the right of others to learn or for the teacher to teach, that student must accept the consequences for his or her actions. 


Classroom Behavior


Our teachers create a classroom discipline system that may include correction of the student, warnings, parent phone calls, classroom detentions, conferences and/or other measures. 

If a student exhausts this classroom discipline system, the teacher may use a disciplinary referral to refer the student to the assistant principal for consideration.  

In the event of a referral, the assistant principal will assign appropriate consequences. A copy of the referral is placed in the student’s temporary discipline file.  


Outside of the Classroom


Our faculty and staff reserve the right to remove any student from an after-school event or any other activity if they believe that the child’s behavior poses a risk. 


Expectations Matrix


All staff and students will refer to the Elm Expectations Matrix to guide positive behavior in classrooms, the cafeteria, the gym during assemblies, hallways, bathrooms, buses and outside the school building. 


District 401’s Policy on Student Behavior


Elm's rules and procedures in this area are governed by District 401's policy on student behavior, which can be found in Section 7:190 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual

This policy’s stated goals and objectives are to provide effective discipline practices that:

(1) ensure the safety and dignity of students and staff; (2) maintain a positive, weapons-free, and drug-free learning environment; (3) keep school property and the property of others secure; (4) address the causes of a student's misbehavior and provide opportunities for all individuals involved in an incident to participate in its resolution; and (5) teach students positive behavioral skills to become independent, self-disciplined citizens in the school community and society.

A searchable online version of the Board of Education’s complete District Policy Manual can be found here.